Baker’s dozen of top awards

Joseph Bulmer

A BARNSTAPLE bakery has risen to the challenge and walked away with a baker’s dozen awards at a prestigious industry bake-off.

The East and West Bakery in Butcher’s Row went head-to-head with more than 650 South West bakeries from as far away as Worcester at the Western Bakery Championships 2010, held in Cullompton on October 10.

Despite the record number of competitors, the bakery bagged 13 awards including first prizes in the Cornish Pasty (Armadillo shape), Rye Bread, French Baguette, Steak and Kidney Pie, and Chocolate Showpiece categories.

It also grabbed gold for a Wallace and Gromit display novelty cake cleverly entitled “A Matter of Loaf and Death” in a nod to a campaign to encourage shoppers to support their local baker.

“It’s the first time we’ve entered the awards so it was really pleasing to do so well,” said owner Graham Principe.

“We’re particularly pleased to win the Cornish pasty and baguette awards as they are quite specialist categories.

“It’s topped off a good year for us as in June, we doubled the size of the business by opening the Bake House a couple of doors down on Butcher’s Row,” he added.

East and West’s results included second prize in the Royal Icing Display Cake and bronze awards in the Jam Doughnuts; Artisan Luxury Loaf; Danish Pasties; and Croissant categories.

The bakery was very highly commended for its Sausage Rolls, and Edible Harvest Wheatsheaf.