BIANZ Great NZ Hot Cross Bun Competition WINNERS

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BIANZ New Zealand Bakery of the Year

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BIANZ New Zealand live bake-off - WINNER


BIANZ Trainee of the Year - Malya Hooper

The BIANZ Trainee of the Year Competition is held alongside the BIANZ New Zealand Bakery of the Year Competition. These apprentices around New Zealand compete in a live bake-off at the Fine Food Show for the title of Trainee of the Year. All expenses paid and fantastic prizes up for grabs for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and the Employer!

BIANZ supports the Trainee of the Year Competition through advice and training for the finalists, and are involved in the judging leading up to and during the final live bake off. Equipment for the live bake off is provided by Southern Hospitality, a considerable contribution when there are 6 finalists competeing to get their breads, cakes and pastries prepared and baked in a short space of time.

The Trainee of the Year Competition was started to show the broader food industry what baking is all about and to provide trainees with opportunities and motivation to dream big and aim high. Since being launched in 2008 the Competition has grown considerably, with entrant numbers almost doubling each year.

NZ Bakels Apprentice Pie Maker Competition 2016

We believe this offers a fantastic opportunity for all of you apprentices to challenge yourselves and showcase your skills!! Simply enter the competition HERE, bake two identical pies for each category, and courier or deliver the pies to NZ Bakels (Auckland, Palmerston North, and Christchurch drop-off locations) by the dates shown and that puts you in the competition! It’s as easy as that! The prize for the winner is: receiving the Bakels Apprentice Pie Maker Trophy, an invitation for two to attend the prestigious annual Bakels Supreme Pie Awards dinner in Auckland on 26th July (including travel and accommodation) plus, aRichemont course of your choice to the value of $3,500.00. All of the details, dates, conditions etc are on the attached entry form where you will also find ‘tips for baking a winning pie’. Entries close 10th June.

NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Awards

The NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Awards are this June 2016, entries need to be in by the 23rd of June 2016. Closer to the time we will send members information. Take a look at have more information here or take at for information about the Pie Awards including previous judging and awards dinner.

The Great New Zealand Christmas Mince Pie Competition

Reckon your bakery makes the best Christmas Mince Pies in the country? 

Enter the Great New Zealand Christmas Mince Pie Competition,  brought to you by BIANZ, and you could win the trophy, feature in Slice magazine, make great sales and have a fantastic Christmas!

The BIANZ President will visit your bakery to hand over your certificate and trophy in person. Take advantage of this excellent media opportunity and get the recognition and sales you deserve at Christmas time. Your bakery will feature in the November issue of Slice magazine, reaching 2500 bakeries, cafes and related businesses around New Zealand.

Any bakery can enter. Entry is by sample batch of six of the same Christmas Mince Pies with a sweet pastry base, fruit mince filling and topping of your choice.

Enteries for the next competition close November the 9th 2016.

The “Young Bread Baker of the Year”

This is an award presented annually by the Baking Industry Research Trust for the best newly qualified bread baker in New Zealand. Please contact the Baking Industry Research Trust’s Secretary, Tania Watson, on 021 165 9949 or at if you have any queries about the competition.

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