Crumbs! Northern Irish bakers win top bread awards

Crumbs! Northern Irish bakers win top bread awards

Stars of the bread-baking world gathered together at St John’s Church, Hyde Park on Tuesday 16 October 2018 for the much-anticipated announcement of the winners of Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food

The awards ceremony was hosted by Stephen Hallam, Master Baker, Managing Director of Dickinson & Morris and Chair of the Judges who was delighted to declare James Herron of Cookie Jar, Newcastle as Winner in the hotly-contested Irish Wheaten Loaf category.

James was presented with his trophy by John Graham of Andrew Ingredients.  The category is supported by Food NI who help to courier the freshly-baked loaves to London for the Judging Day, as well as by Andrew Ingredients.

Meanwhile John Agnew of Ann’s Pantry, Larne, claimed Runner Up and Peadar Quinn of Deli Lites, Castwellan, scooped Third.

“The field was more competitive than ever,” says Hallam, whose fellow judges, all 90 of them, included legendary baker Richard Bertinet, Dr John Foster of BBC’s Victorian Bakers, Harry Lomas, Executive Head Chef, Wembley Stadium.

Patrick, John and Peadar beat off competition from hundreds of loaves sent in from around the United Kingdom – delivered by courier, taxi and in person on the morning of the judging at Cathedral Hall, Westminster Cathedral, to ensure maximum freshness.

Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food, launched in January 2013, seek to celebrate the very best of British bread baking. “The choice, range and quality of bread in Britain today is immense,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director of the Awards.

Full list of categories and winners: 

Overall Winner

Istvan Nadhazi M’s Bakery, Bournemouth French Country Sourdough

Brook Food Sourdough 

Ed Clark, Pastonacre, Pastonacre, Norfolk, Sourdough

Zeelandia Wholegrain

Dominic Salter, Salt Bakehouse, Gloucestershire, Seeded Khorasan Sourdough


Martha Brown, Forge Bakehouse, Sheffield, Long Fermented Ciabatta


Gluten Free

Davina Steel, MannaVida, Essex, Garlic & Rosemary Focaccia

Carr’s Flour Baguette

Justin Gourlay, Real Patisserie, East Sussex, Artisan Sourdough Baguette

Real Bread Campaign supported by Shipton Mill

Istvan Nadhazi, M’s Bakery, Bournemouth, French Country Sourdough

Great British White

Linda Kianfar, Foodhaven, East Sussex, Farmhouse

Fruit Bread

Ian Hill, Riddle Me Rye, Edinburgh, Chocolate, Cherry, Almond & Toasted Coconut Sourdough


Roger Haycock, Roger’s Bakery, Huddersfield, Focaccia

Speciality Sweet

Paul Robinshaw, Flour Water Salt, Macclesfield, Copenhagen

Speciality Savoury

Mark Bennett, Patisserie Mark Bennett, Dorset, Roasted Roots & Herb Sourdough

Muntons Malt Bread

Carina Carlstrom, Loaf Bakery, Farnham, Seeded Malted Flatbread

Irish Wheaten Loaf

James Herron, Cookie Jar, Newcastle, NI, Traditional Wheaten Bannock

Tiptree Showstopper

Tami Isaacs Pearce, Karma Bread, London, Challah Queen Tzanzhong Orange Blossom

Tiptree Patisserie Trainee Baker

Caroline Jevachandran, National Bakery School

Home Baker Open

Jessica Van der Schee, London, Country White

Home Baker Sourdough

Graham Kinnear, Northamptonshire, Cheddar & Ale Sourdough

People’s Choice

Today Bread, Walthamstow

Special Merit Award

Tami Isaacs Pearce, Karma Bread, London, Challah Queen Tzanzhong Orange Blossom