The Farm Shop & Deli Awards’ Baker of the Year shortlist has been announced – British Baker caught up with the finalists ahead of the big day.As reported last week, Baker of the Year is one of 12 categories at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards, which runs from 18-20 April at the NEC, Birmingham.The finalists are Bondgate Bakery of Otley, Leeds; Dee Light Bakery of Balham, London; and Hambleton Bakery of Exton, Rutland.Rob Hill, sales and customer service manager at Hambleton Bakery, said: “We take great pride in our work here at Hambleton Bakery, and so to be recognised for it on a platform that welcomes the very best in the speciality food industry is a great opportunity.Having won quite a few awards in the past, including Britain’s Best Bakery in 2012, and our master baker, Julian Carter, winning Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards in 2013, we’re hoping to make it a hat-trick in April.Hambleton has grown from a team of two in 2008, to 97 bakery experts and six shops, catering to more than 130 wholesalers.Dee Monteleone, owner of Dee Light Bakery, said: “It’s a phenomenal feeling to be a finalist in this year’s awards. I am very proud of my bakers and front-of-house staff, who have formed a reliable team, producing quality food and coffee to the people of Balham.“It has been a busy year, with opening up my new wholesale site, and my team has been a great support throughout it all.”Dee Light was set up in 2011, and was Baker of the Year at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards in 2014. It has its own café, and runs classes in baking and decorating.Sally Hinchcliffe, co-founder and owner of Bondgate Bakery, said: “We’re really pleased to be shortlisted – it makes all the hard work we’ve put in worthwhile. Baking really is hard work – you have to be passionate about it, so we value the commitment of our team here. This nomination is a great boost.“Our philosophy is to ensure that our ingredients are of the highest quality. Combining this with ensuring everything is handmade from scratch produces fresh, delicious foods.”Bondgate Bakery has 15 staff, including five bakers, and operates in both the retail and wholesale channels. Since the business opened as a one-man team 30 years ago, it has expanded its premises and significantly extended the team.The winner of the award will be announced at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, which runs from 18-20 April at the NEC, Birmingham.
As the row continues over a right of way and foreshore at Aghadachor near Carrigart, the residents are to form a steering committee to protect their civil rights.People protest in Carrigart over the alleged closure of their right-of-way.A public meeting has been arranged for this Saturday evening at 8pm in the Downings Bay Hotel and everyone concerned about this issue is invited to come along.The residents have firmly rejected claims that their right of way was blocked on health and safety grounds saying the developers had no rights whatever to attempt to block a public highway that has been enshrined in community ownership for more than one hundred years. The row has blown up after the owners of the beachfront complex, T&G Developments closed off access to the public.Patricia Coyle, 87, said that she was shocked to discover she was denied access to 33 acres of her farm and she’s firmly denied there were any negotiations with her family on the matter.She said this is a right of way and as such nobody has a mandate to negotiate or to make decisions that might deny access to any member of the public.This week’s meeting, apart from establishing a steering committee will have a number of items on the agenda along with the preservation of the right of way. STAND-OFF OVER CARRIGART BEACH ACCESS HEATS UP was last modified: October 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beachCarrigartprotestright-of-way