National Bakery School graduate wins top award at the Baking Industry Awards
14 September 2015
School graduate, Nathan Giles, who started out in life wanting to be a builder,
has been given The Rising Star Award at the Baking Industry Awards 2015 – the
industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Nathan Giles, who currently works as a New Product Development
Technologist with the UK’s largest organic baker, Nicholas & Harris, beat
competition from the upper crust of the British baking industry to claim the top award which recognises emerging talent.
Rising Star Award is open to entrants of all ages, but is aimed at those in
work, studies or training who are able to demonstrate their bakery achievements
during the past three years.
Nathan, 29, graduated from
the National Bakery School in 2012 after completing a BSc (Hons) in Baking
Technology Management. He then went on to work as a research associate on a
knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) between London South Bank University
(LSBU) and Mr Bagels Limited, a food manufacturer for major retailers and
wholesalers in the UK and other European countries. Through the KTP, he helped alleviate
problems in bagel production, such as new product development protocols and
award was presented to Nathan by television personality and star of BBC’s Strictly
Come Dancing, Claudia Winkleman, and Mike Holling, Executive
Director of the award’s sponsor, Craft Bakers Association. More than 800
industry guests recognised Nathan’s achievements at the gala awards ceremony
held at London’s Park Lane Hilton.
earlier plan of a career in construction was quickly abandoned after starting a
job at a Sainsbury’s bakery. “I was definitely bitten by the baking bug whilst working
in Sainsbury’s. This led me take up an opportunity at a small bakery called The
Bakery in Bexleyheath.
“Working at The Bakery allowed me to explore
my real passion for baking. I felt I wanted to learn more about the technical
side of baking, so was later given the chance to study a City & Guilds in
Baking and then I went on to study Baking Technology Management at LSBU.”
of his experience at the National Bakery School Nathan said; “I really value my
time studying at the National Bakery School and have so many highlights. These
include being nominated as a top student, being awarded the Freedom of The
Worshipful Company of Bakers and having the opportunity to develop and launch
products for retailers all over the UK. The National Bakery School really gave
me the opportunity to really develop the vital skills needed for a career in
in its 28th year, the
annual Baking Industry Awards are the premier event in the UK bakery calendar
and have been recognising industry excellence since 1987. Run by British Baker magazine,
prizes are awarded across 11 categories including Speciality Bread Product,
Celebration Cake Business and Bakery Manufacturer of the Year.