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Icing on cake for top bread maker

By Patrick Nelson

Sebastian Padovan, Jemma Hayman, Kristy McAway, Tracey McIntosh and Damien McIntosh at the Baking NT WorldSkills final Sebastian Padovan, Jemma Hayman, Kristy McAway, Tracey McIntosh and Damien McIntosh at the Baking NT WorldSkills final

Darwin cake decorator Jemma Hayman has risen to the top of the class to win the Retail Baking (Bread) NT WorldSkills final at Palmerston campus.

Bakery lecturer and competition coordinator David Barker said Ms Hayman handled the pressure well despite some hot competition on the day.

“She impressed the judges by demonstrating proficiency in a broad range of skills in what was an intense and robust competition,” Mr Barker said.

“Each competitor was required to produce four doughs before making a couple of products from each of the doughs.

“Jemma did particularly well with her rye loaf.

“She will now advance to the WorldSkills national competition as the Northern Territory representative.”

Mr Barker said Ms Hayman first showed a strong interest in commercial cookery and bakery while at high school.

She completed a Certificate I course in year 10 and began a school-based apprenticeship in year 12.

The Certificate III in Retail Baking student now works as an apprentice pastry chef at Kurt’s Cakes in Darwin.

A date and venue for the national competition is yet to be announced.