Jeff and Glenda Alexander of Tatura Hot Bread were all smiles after winning 15 awards on Sunday, February 25.
The 2018 Victorian Baking Show, in conjunction with Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun Competition was held in Shepparton showcasing 628 entries from 99 bakery exhibitors across Victoria, South Australia and NSW.
Tatura Hot Bread offered a range of products for judging produced by their four bakers and Mr Alexander.
The bakery took out first prize in the 680g wholemeal loaf upright, 450g fruit loaf, 680g grain loaf condensed square and the four fruit scones categories.
Tatura Hot Bread took out top places for their 680g white loaf condensed square (second), two white fancy rolls (second and third), 350g wholemeal pipe loaf (second), 680g wholemeal loaf upright (second), 450g fruit loaf (third), 450g grain cob (second), two gourmet chicken pies (second), two traditional pasties (third), four fruit scones (second) and two vanilla slices (third).
They also came equal fifth in the Best Hot Cross Bun Competition.
After 15 years competing, Tatura Hot Bread owner Glenda Alexander was delighted with results.
‘‘We’ve always done pretty well, but you never know how you’re going to go on the day,’’ Mrs Alexander said.
‘‘Jeff can usually tell before the day if we’ve got a chance or not.
‘‘It was very exciting and we received great feedback.’’
Baking Association of Australia executive officer Tony Smith was glad to see such a large turnout at this year’s event.
‘‘The event has continued to grow with record entries over the last four years,’’ Mr Smith said.
‘‘Product entries were up 100 pieces on last year and it’s really a weekend away that a lot of bakers look forward to.
‘‘Tatura Hot Bread do quite well and hold themselves high.’’
Jeff and Glenda Alexander pride themselves on great quality products.
‘‘You can come to our bakery and whatever we have on display here is what we have at the competitions,’’ Mrs Alexander said.
- Ashlea Witoslawski