June 27th, 2014

Rising Young Baker proves himself at Fine Food New Zealand

Daniel Wu

Daniel Wu of Manurewa High School has won the 2014 Rising Young Baker competition held at the ASB Showgrounds on Monday.

The secondary school student produced three baking products in two hours for the annual competition, while being mentored by baking training provider Brent Hughes from Bakels.

Daniel was expected to craft a gateau, ciabatta bread and a pastry - sausage roll – for taste testing by a judging panel of industry experts.

He was one of three Gateway students aged 16 years and over who demonstrated potential and a keen interest in baking, to be selected to compete against each other in the live competition at the annual Fine Food New Zealand Show.

All three students were paired with experienced, qualified bakers from three different training providers - offering them a golden opportunity to showcase their skills in front of those that count in the industry.

Head judge Thomas Thomas from the Baking Industry of New Zealand (BIANZ) said Daniel kept close to the contest brief while preparing and baking his products.

“Daniel had the edge.  The final stage of the competition was judged on presentation of work and Daniel’s products were granted maximum points in this crucial area,” he said.

To view images from the competition check out our gallery on Facebook here.