Multi-award winning baker Aidan Monks, of Lovingly Artisan, who operates from Kendal and Manchester, travelled to New York at the weekend, to judge in the inaugural US edition of the Tiptree World Bread Awards.
Monks joined a panel of over 30 esteemed judges, gathering at the Dumbo Loft, Brooklyn, on 23rd October, for the awards in association with Food is GREAT, supported by the American Bakers Association. The judging panel includes the likes of Lauren Dickerson, the British Vice-Consul, for Food and Drink based in New York and acclaimed award American bakers Zachary Golper and Peiwen Lee.
Once the judges make their decisions the US category winners of the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Food is GREAT, will be announced and each winner, chosen from hundreds of entries in the 13 awards categories, will receive a bespoke trophy and will then be invited to attend a lavish gala evening being held in New York.
Monks owner of Lovingly Artisan commented: ‘’Having been inspired to become a baker when studying in Boston I know how creative the American artisan baking industry is, especially as they have been at the forefront of baking innovation for years.
“In my time since my US studies I’ve won numerous awards, including a raft of World Bread Awards, so I can really appreciate what these bakers are putting themselves through in crafting their very best breads for the judging process.
“So it’s no surprise that I’m really looking forward to seeing what my American counterparts are capable of crafting and as a result, I will be digging a little deeper than most into their understanding of the processes involved in creating nourishing, tasty breads, full of flavour and character.’’
Monks added: ‘’I firmly hope that the inaugural US edition of the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Food is GREAT becomes a focal point for the whole baking industry and provides the opportunity to celebrate both the individuals and the businesses who are at the cutting edge of the USA’s artisan bakery scene.’’
The judges will meet again to announce the overall winner at a gala evening at the Landmark on the Park, Manhattan, on Wednesday 14th November, with industry experts, members of the press and leading figures from the world of food and drink amongst the guests.