South West teens in the running to become Warrens Bakery’s first ‘Young Budding Baker of the Year’ 2018

Warrens Bakery are delighted to announce the launch of their campaign to find their first ever ‘Young Budding Baker of the Year’ which opened for nominations on Wednesday 23rd May.

With students across the nation currently completing GCSE’s and A-levels, the campaign is extremely timely as teenagers look to the next chapter. Local 16-18 year olds in the South West could be in with a chance of going behind the scenes at Warrens Bakery in Cornwall for a masterclass with Head Baker

Jason Jobling where they will also help to develop a brand-new bake.

Seven regions across the UK where Warrens Bakery stores are located are involved in the competition, which will see the lucky winner also get to meet Martha Collison, win a year’s supply of bakes, plus a baking course at their local cookery school worth £250.

Head Baker Jason Jobling, who has been with the team for an incredible 26 years, is helping to lead the search with the help of baking star Martha Collison to recruit ‘wannabe winners’. As Chair of the Cornish Pasty Association, Jason’s love for craft baking is clear to see, most recently featured on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show with Chris Evans during the first ever Cornish Pasty Week.

Passionate about inspiring the next generation of bakers, Jason said: “Up until February last year, Warrens Bakery stores were only in the South West. Our journey over the last 12 months has been incredible, with monthly store openings in regions throughout England. Local residents have instantly taken to our sweet and savoury range of bakes and having met so many new friendly faces, we want to inspire young bakers and grow the appetite for craft baking with the launch of the search for the next Budding Baker.”

Tipped as one of the top three craft bakeries in the UK and gaining the highest place for a retailer in The World Pasty Championship, the expert team at Warrens Bakery have been guardians of the Cornish Pasty since 1860. Continuing to hand-crimp all of their pasties in St Just, near Land’s End, hand crimping an average of three pasties every minute; recipes and hand-craft skills have been passed down generation after generation.

Celebrated author, Waitrose magazine columnist and rising baking star Martha Collison is helping the team in their search. Commenting about her involvement, Martha said - “Baking is so well-loved because it’s part of our heritage; a skill that spans all generations. I was inspired to bake by looking up to those more experience than myself; grandparents, food technology teachers and aunties. They inspired me to get in the kitchen and try things out, to hone my skills and to improve my ability through encouragement and opportunity. I’m passionate about seeing a younger generation inspired to bake and let loose in our kitchens, as you learn so much about food through making it yourself.”

Open for nominations from siblings, friends, parents and grandparents who want to see their young rising star (16-18) crowned as the first ever Warrens Bakery ‘Young Budding Baker of the Year 2018’. The competition is open for entry in the seven UK regions where Warrens Bakery stores are located.

More information on how to nominate can be found out by visiting www.warrensbakery.co.uk/buddingbaker.

Each region will be whittled down to one shortlisted applicant, who will be invited to a ‘Teach the Craft’ event which will take place in the summer holidays, including a goodie bag for all. Closing date for entries is Sunday 1st July 2018.

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