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Bakery students achieve great success at the Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees Conference 2019

03 July 2019
Bakery students achieve great success at the Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees Conference 2019

The conference gave plenty of opportunity for students to network with employers and attend an ‘Audience with Mary Berry'

13 of our National Bakery School (NBS) students recently attended the 2019 Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) Conference 2019 held at the Alton Towers Resort. The ABST is a cross-industry organisation set up to link the industry with bakery education in the UK. The conference gives members the opportunity to network with industry and enter various competitions over the three days, spanning from bread through to confectionery and chocolate.

The NBS celebrated 11 award winners across all competitions, including final year student Bethanie Dove, who won the Hugh Weeks Award in recognition of the student who has ‘gone above and beyond’ in their commitment to the industry.  After receiving the award Beth said: "It is such an honour to be recognised by the Weeks family. Hugh Weeks' work and dedication to the industry is such an inspiration and something I strive towards. It was such a privilege to meet the family and so was receiving the award. I hope to be able to continue to encourage young people in the baking industry and return to the ABST conference on a voluntary basis."

Other winners included Jay Matic, who won first prize in the sourdough challenge and also best fermented loaf across all categories, Pamela Mugonda, who won first prize for her light fruitcake in the Devon Rose Bowel competition, and first year student Adam Bale who won the Callebaut Trophy.

The conference also gave plenty of opportunity for all students to network with employers and attend an ‘Audience with Mary Berry’. Elaine Thomson, NBS Course Director, said: "The ABST supports the 'bakers of tomorrow’, today. Its annual conference is the highlight of the year for bakery students across the UK. We're proud of our students for taking part and for achieving the well-deserved outcomes. The NBS is dedicated in educating the next generation of bakers to be effective and successful in work and the wider community, demonstrating true citizenship. Well done to all!"

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