The finalists for this year’s Baking Industry Awards 2019, (BIA’s), the baking industry Oscars, gathered at the Royal Lancaster, London, last night (Wednesday 04th September), to find out who had won through in each of the eleven award categories; including the coveted accolade of Baker of the Year.
Baker Aidan Monks, owner of the Lovingly Artisan Bakery, based in Cumbria and Manchester discovered that he had won through to claim the evening’s top accolade of Baker of the Year and he also collected a Product Innovation award with his artisan crafted kombucha sourdough.
Aidan’s innovative kombucha sourdough is made with an iconic tea – Lakeland Special – a secret 200-year-old blend of Ceylon teas crafted by Cumbrian tea merchant John Farrer & Co and organic Emmer ancient grains grown exclusively for Lovingly Artisan by Gilchester Organic in Northumberland.
Commenting on his wins Aidan said: ‘’Recognised as the biggest event in the baking industry calendar the BIA’s provide an opportunity for bakers to celebrate those individuals and businesses at the forefront of the UK’s artisan baking scene. As an industry we are returning our roots, creating authentic artisan made food. As bakers we have a real opportunity to embrace this change and to create authentic healthy breads, made using only the finest ingredients and I’m proud to be playing a small part in the future of the UK’s artisan baking industry by creating healthy and innovative breads like our award winning Kombucha Sourdough.’’
Aidan added: ‘’It’s a real honour to be win these two significant awards, to be recognised as Baker of the Year is totally unexpected and winning the Product Innovation award is the really cherry on top of the cake. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the other category winners and the shortlisted category finalists.’’