Artisan bakery and café, Farnley Market, has been nominated a finalist in Tiptree’s World Bread Awards.
The competition took place last week when 11 different breads were made and baked during the night, then driven and hand delivered to the judges in Westminster right in the heart of London. Due to the usual traffic problems between Huddersfield and London, the bread arrived with only fifteen minutes to spare before the midday deadline.
The annual competition is open to professional bakeries as well as keen amateurs and attracts hundreds of entries from a diverse range of bakers throughout the country. Even though the business is very young, having opened in September last year, it set itself an ambitious challenge by submitting entries into eleven of the twelve available categories.
The competition organisers emailed owner Stephen Harrison to advise that one of the entries had been nominated a finalist and invited him to attend an awards ceremony on the October 6 .
“When we first entered I really didn’t think we stood a chance given the stiff competition we were up against. However, once we’d baked everything last Wednesday and saw how good it all looked, I felt very proud of our efforts and slightly more optimistic of our chances”.
Stephen will be attending the awards ceremony with his baking assistant Jake Partridge who helped develop the recipe for one of the competition entries; a delicious chocolate orange sourdough bread.
“At this stage we don’t know which product has been nominated and will only find this out on the night,” says Stephen.
“However, we’re keeping everything crossed and hope that our shortlisted entry is judged the ultimate winner. Even if it doesn’t, I am extremely proud of the team at Farnley Market and what we’ve achieved so far. Being nominated a finalist is pretty good in my books, winning the category would be unbelievable”.

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Catherine Scott is Associate Features Editor for Yorkshire Post Newspapers. A self-confessed foodie, she is also a judge of the Deliciousyorkshire/Yorkshire Post Taste Awards.

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