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Top Bakers Named in Best Bun Bake Off

19 March 2007

Top Bakers Named in Best Bun Bake Off

Twenty bakers from four regions around New Zealand have been named regional finalists in the Champion Flour Easter Bun Bake-Off.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Northland to Auckland
Bakehouse Café Kumeu
Eastridge New World Orakei
Eurobake Patisserie & Cafe Albany
Hillpark bakery Manurewa
Matakana Patisserie Matakana

Waikato to Wanganui/Hawkes Bay
Brumby's New Plymouth New Plymouth
Hawera New World Hawera
Jackson's Bakery Havelock Rd
Mill Street Pak n Save Hamilton
Whakatane New World Whakatane

Manawatu to Wellington
Connosieur Cakes Petone
Giorgio's Panetteria Upper Hutt
Pandoro Panetteria Ltd Wellington
Ten O'Clock Cookie Bakery Café Masterton
Waikane Hot Bread Shop Waikanae

South Island
100 Pipers Bakery Ashburton
Colonial Bakeries Invercargill
Continental Caterers Bakery Rangiora
Couplands Bakeries Hornby
Temuka Bakery Temuka

Public text voting determined the top 20 bakers who will now vie for the top spot in the national competition.

The bakers competed against more than 200 other bakeries to be named regional finalists in the competition which hunts for New Zealand’s best buns. Competing bakeries were required to use three Champion products, one of which had to be flour.

Goodman Fielder Commercial Business Manager Paul Howley, said all of the regional finalists were now being asked to send samples of their hot cross buns to Auckland for judging.

“A judging panel will assess the entries against a range of criteria to determine the regional and grand national winners,” Paul said.

“That criteria includes straight and over crosses, application of the bun glaze, crust colour, symmetry and batching of product, crumb softness, crumb texture, even dispersal of fruit, and a good aromatic flavour.

The regional finalists and grand national winner are expected to be announced by 26 March 2007 in time for Easter.


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