Issue 8
Monday, 07 October 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Culinary Arts and Bakery Lecturer David Barker and competition winner, former CDU student Onkar Sharma
Culinary Arts and Bakery Lecturer David Barker and competition winner, former CDU student Onkar Sharma

Baking takes centre stage

After a two-year hiatus, this week saw the return of the NT Baking Show and the Regional World Skills Bread Baking Competition at Palmerston campus. The event was open to all bakers, pastry cooks, apprentices and students.

Vet Lecturer and Workplace Assessor - Culinary Arts, Bakery, David Barker said the Baking Show helped CDU bakery students and apprentices engage with industry. Categories for the competition included breads, cakes and pastries with classes also set aside for apprentices, students and the public to enter.

“The show was well attended with about 10 bakeries entering and we look forward to continuing to grow the event into the future,” Mr Barker said.

James Burr, from Coles, won the World Skills event for producing a range of breads in a live baking competition against other apprentices.

Thanks to the National Baking Industries Association (NBIA), students showcased their skills in a fun and friendly environment and attended professional demonstrations throughout the week. Other sponsors included Puratos, Callebaut, Unox Ovens and Manildra Flour.

NBIA representative, Brett Noy assisted with judging on the day and demonstrated the latest trends in breadmaking, with new value-adding products, processes and technology. Mr Noy is considered an icon of Australian baking, having represented Australia in competitions such as Le Saffe Cup and Le Coupe de Monde in Paris.

The sponsors offered prizes including an all-expenses paid trip to Sydney to attend a one-day workshop at the Puratos Patisserie Innovation Centre. First prize went to former CDU student Onkar Sharma, who now works at Dukes Café, for producing a range of cake and pastry products, including a decorated torte, mud cake and choux paste items.

During the week, CDU lecturer Bill Denniss convened the Regional World Skills Bread Baking Competition for bakery students and apprentices. CDU has hosted this competition since 2010, with many competitors going on to compete nationally.