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By Leanne Coleman

Commercial Cookery and Bakery Team Leader Robert Schwerdt presents Certificate III in Retail Baking student Deborah Trebilcock with her award Commercial Cookery and Bakery Team Leader Robert Schwerdt presents Certificate III in Retail Baking student Deborah Trebilcock with her award

The aroma of fresh baked goods has filled the air at Palmerston campus as talented bakers from across the Territory worked to produce an array of breads, pastries and cakes to impress judges at the Baking Association of Australia Excellence in Baking 2014 competitions.

Charles Darwin University Certificate III in Retail Baking student Deborah Trebilcock took out the title for Excellence in Baking for Apprentice Bakers in the Northern Territory, securing her a place in the national final in November.

The mother-of-two is an apprentice at Bakers Delight in Palmerston and decided on a career change after making her own wedding cake.

Originally from Alice Springs Deborah said she had always loved baking and decided to pursue her interest after moving to Darwin and enrolling with CDU.

“I always had a passion for baking and I thought why not make a career out of something that I love,” she said.

Competitors kneaded, iced and blended to create a range of products including artisan, sweet and savoury breads before arranging the baked goods into a mouth-watering display.

“The competition has been a great opportunity to not only learn, but also find out what areas I can improve in or processes I can correct,” Deborah said.

CDU Commercial Cookery and Bakery Team Leader Robert Schwerdt said the competition showcased NT skills and exposed students to career opportunities.

“Judging was based on an industry-devised system including working practices, organisational skills, technique, final product and presentation,” Mr Schwerdt said.

Following the apprentice competition, Palmerston campus also hosted the NT Baking Show for professional NT bakers, who vied for the Bakery of the Year title.

Several CDU Certificate III in Retail Baking students entered the baking show in the open and student bakery categories.

Joel Fracking, from Howard Springs Bakery, won best student exhibitor, while Rachel Dickson from Ben and Sam’s Bakery Palmerston won an encouragement award for student exhibitor.

Last year’s NT apprentice baker finalist, CDU Certificate III in Retail Baking student Chris Field won Apprentice Baker at the national Excellence in Baking 2013 competition and a $1500 prize.