Oliver was one of four full-time Tameside College bakery students who made the final 20 of the TV competition which trawled a field of 100 of the nation’s best young bakers aged 16-25.
His all-round bakery knowledge and skills in bread, pastry, cake-making and decorating proved the perfect recipe for judges Gerhard Jenne, founder of London cake chain Konder & Cook and food writer Gizzi Erskine.
His triumph came as no surprise to Tameside College bakery lecturer Steven Salt who mentored Oliver in the run up to the final.
Tameside College (http://www.tameside.ac.uk/
Tameside College, based in Ashton-under-
“Our full time students focus on the more technical aspects of bakery and also craft-based bakery skills such as chocolatier, cake-decoration and artisan bread-making rather than production line skills but we are able to offer bakery businesses whatever specific staff training is most relevant to their needs,” said Steven. “For example, we have supported in-house specialty cake decoration training at Park Cakes.”
Bakery businesses referred to Tameside College by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (http://foodanddrink.nsacademy.co.uk/
As well as helping coach Oliver to his Young Baker of the Year award, Bakery subject specialist Steven Salt will be part of the British team undertaking a professional bakery demonstration at Europain, the World Bakery, Patisserie and Catering Exhibition, in Paris in March.
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