Last week, ABA’s Kelly Kotche, Director, Membership & Engagement, and Samantha Moore, Director, Meetings & Education, represented ABA at the Tiptree World Bread Awards USA with Food is GREAT awards reception held in New York. This was the first time that the UK’s leading awards for the art of bread making was held in the United States.
Often called “The Oscars of Baking,” the bread awards began in 2013 and is considered the top annual competition for professional bakers in the United Kingdom. Caroline Kenyon, the Awards Founder/Director, was inspired to bring them to the U.S. after coming to a family wedding in New York in the summer of 2016.
Artisan bakers sent bread to the competition from all over the country to be in contention for the best-in-bread award. The submissions were anonymous to the judges, and the winners were announced at a regal reception held at Landmark on the Park, Manhattan, N.Y., on Wed., Nov., 14.
To be a part of this salute to specialty and artisan bread bakers, ABA signed up to participate, in the event’s U.S. debut, as a category sponsor. At the ceremony, Kotche presented the Best Sourdough award to Julio Guarchaj of Grandaisy Bakery, Tribeca, NYC for his Pane Pugliese; Moore presented the Best Baguette award to Clemence Danko of Choc o Pain French Bakery, Jersey City, New Jersey for her Baguette Traditionelle.
Tiptree, the headline sponsor makes jams and preserves sold across the world, many of them made with fruit still grown on their farms in Essex www.tiptree.com. Scott Goodfellow, Wilkin & Sons Joint Managing Director commented, “New York City has a global reputation for excellent food, so it makes the perfect spot for the inaugural overseas Tiptree World Bread Awards. We are very much looking forward to discovering the world of artisan bread that is available across the USA.”
The Food is GREAT campaign is a government initiative to support UK food and drink exports and to increase positive public perception and demand of UK food and drink around the world. www.great.gov.uk
“We’re making bread history,” exclaimed Caroline Kenyon, the Founder/Director of the competition, as she highlighted the significance of the World Bread Awards being transplanted to the USA for the first time ever. “It was fabulous to have support from both sides of the pond – our sponsors from the UK and the American Bakers Association who represents the great bakers in America.”
“We were thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event that celebrates everything about baking and grateful to Tiptree and Caroline for bringing it to the United States. Events like this help spur excitement and enthusiasm for what we already know is a great industry that feeds and puts smiles on the faces of millions of consumers,” said ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie. “I am proud that ABA could be part of an event that celebrates baking and those that are putting delicious loaves on the table for American families. I hope we can get more members involved for 2019.”
“It was amazing to see the passion and pride these bakers put into their work – they are true craftsmen and craftswomen, and what they do is not just baking – it’s an art form,” said Kotche.
Next year’s competition will open for entries in Feb. 2019. Follow the Bread Awards on Social: #BreadAwardsUSA
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