Bakers rise above the competition

Heatherbrae's Pies baker Paul Attwood.

Heatherbrae's Pies baker Paul Attwood.

Highlands bakers earned a slice of glory at a state competition on the weekend.

Four bakeries competed in the Baking Association of Australia baking show in Wollongong on Saturday, August 4.

The baking show aims to raise awareness of the bakers in the community and raise standards within the industry.

Gumnut Patisserie won 20 awards across a range of dessert categories.

This includes the most successful cake and pastry exhibitor, first place in the sausage roll category and first place in the decorated mud cake category.

Bakers Samantha Goodacre, Damien Wright, Josh Nickl, Laura Ingram, Samantha Crawshaw and Jason Bromley contributed to the awards tally.

Heatherbrae’s Pies won three awards across two pie categories.

The bakery picked up first prize in the plain meat pie category, with a pie made by apprentice Tyson Piercy.

The bakery also won first and second prize in the gourmet pies category, with a Moroccan lamb pie prepared by baker Paul Attwood and a butter chicken pie prepared by Chantelle Mason.

In addition to this, Bakers Delight Bowral picked up 12 awards across a range of bread categories.

This includes champion grain loaf, champion loaf of the show, first place in the two fancy white roles category and first place in the grain cob category.

Bakers Delight Mittagong won 13 awards at the state competition.

This includes the most successful bread exhibitor award, first place awards in the wholemeal and grain loaf condensed square category and first place in the white hi-top half married.

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