The Morning After The Slice Before

Stars of the bread-baking world gathered together at St John’s Church, Hyde Park on Tuesday 17 October 2017 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 Tom Mullin & Eimear Mullin of Thyme & Co, Ballycastle, Antrim as Winner of the Irish Wheaten Loaf category.

James Herron from the Cookie Jar, Newcastle, County Down was runner-up for his Traditional Wheaten Bannock.

“The field was more competitive than ever,” says Hallam, whose fellow judges, all 86 of them, included Charles Campion, Food Critic, Dr John Foster of BBC’s Victorian Bakers and Andrew Whitley, Founder, The Real Bread Campaign.

On the judges remarks about Tom’s Wheaten, they said, “they were impressed by the look of the bread, it had a good crust, and they would find it difficult to suggest any improvements!”

Tom beat off competition from hundreds of loaves sent in from around the United Kingdom and Ireland – 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.