The competition – sponsored by ADM, American Pan UK and Scobie McIntosh / Revent – offers bakers a chance to compete in six categories against their best loaves in the country. The winners in each category will be judged for the ultimate UK greatest breads title.
The categories are; gluten free, Innovation, Basic Sourdough, Sourdough with other ingredients, White, Whole Grain
Aidan Monks got his first taste of baking from his grandfather, a baker in Ambleside, in the heart of the Lake District, who supplied locals and visitors to the area with freshly baked, traditional bread. This hands-on experience initially motivated Aidan to train in the culinary arts as a commis chef, before graduating in hospitality management at Blackpool College, where he was fortunate enough to obtain a scholarship to study at the Boston College of Culinary Arts, Massachusetts, where he rediscovered his love of bread. He later went on to study alongside the craft bakers at Les Grands Moulins de Paris, France, and has been striving to develop his baking skills and knowledge ever more since.
In 2010 Aidan established Lovingly Artisan, specialising in hand crafted slow-fermented traditional breads made using sourdough and all-natural ingredients. Lovingly Artisan is founded on the idea that a good and safe lifestyle is important for our overall wellness, which has helped put Aidan and Lovingly Artisan at the forefront of UK bakery innovation.
“Britain’s Best Loaf is a brilliant opportunity for any baker to highlight their bread-making skills and win appreciation from their peers,” said Amy North, deputy editor of British Baker.
“The competition is judged by some of the best talent in the baking industry and we’re pleased that this year Aidan Monks, our reigning Baker of the Year, will join our ranks.”
Aidan Monks commented: “Britain’s Best Loaf offers a glorious opportunity to acknowledge the talents of those individuals and businesses at the forefront of UK’s emerging artisan bakery scene and I’m proud to be invited to judge in awards this year.”
Originally set to take place in March at the Birmingham NEC, the competition was postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak – but organisers British Baker magazine won’t let anything get in the way of celebrating the best of British baking. Judging for Britain’s Best Loaf will now take place on 23 September at East Court, East Grinstead, West Sussex.
The deadline for entries is 7th September and bakers do not need to deliver their loaves personally because of the exceptional circumstances of Corona. They can courier them to the judging venue if preferred.
To find out more, and to enter, visit britainsbestloaf.co.uk
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