June 9th, 2011
NZ Young Bread Baker of the Year rises through the ranks
Kyle Tainsh of Ernest Adams bakery in Palmerston North is at the top of his baking ‘game’ having recently won the 2011 NZ Young Baker of the Year Award and gaining an internal promotion - all within one year of completing his craft baking apprenticeship.
Kyle believes his apprenticeship training and work experiences put him in good stead to win the competition and help him step up in his baking career.
“I entered the Young Bread Baker of the Year competition to see how far I could go, and test how far I’ve come since completing my craft baking apprenticeship in 2010,” says Kyle.
“It was also a good chance to push myself and find out where I can continue to build my skills and knowledge - there’s always room for improvement.”
The high-pressure competition was ‘really challenging’, consisting of three sections to test competitors’ in their theoretical and practical know-how, baking principles, and presentation skills on how the bread market has evolved over the last 30 years.
Kyle come out on top against five other contestants from around the country, and as part of his prize package received a $10,000 research grant to further himself in the baking industry.
In his new role as a Product Development Technician for Goodman Fielder, which owns Ernest Adams, Kyle enjoys a whole variety of other challenges that keep him developing in his chosen career.
“I’m finding that you’ve got to be good at planning and use a lot of creativity,” he says.
“When our customers ask for a special, customised product it’s my job come up with the ways to create that product and ensure we deliver it on time, and as requested.”
Thinking about his own career pathway to success in the baking industry, Kyle offered these words to those still deciding what they want to do and how to learn the skills they might need.
“An apprenticeship is really good - it keeps you on your toes, expands your knowledge and you get the support you need to keep up with the coursework and get qualified.
“My apprenticeship really prepared me for the reality and demands of my role, and I’d encourage any young person with an interest in baking to make a career out of it with an apprenticeship,” he says.
Above: Winner Kyle Tainsh in action during the practical competition session.