Great Opportunity for Young Bread Bakers

Great Opportunity for Young Bread Bakers

The “Young Bread Baker of the Year” is an award presented annually by the NZ Association of Bakers (NZAB) for the best newly or nearly qualified bread baker in New Zealand.

The 2022 competition will be held in Auckland on the 16th and 17th of November.  Nominations are now open.

More information and nomination forms can be downloaded at

Completed forms should be sent to the address indicated on the form by 30 September 2022

The winner of the award will be presented with a trophy and a research grant up to the value of $10,000 for research such as overseas travel to look at new technology, ingredients, process or trends in products.

The winner may also be asked to represent New Zealand at the LA Judge Award competition which will be held in Sydney in 2023.

Criteria for participation in the Young Bread Baker of the Year competition is as follows:

  • As a minimum – level 3 NZQA Qualification in a Baking discipline (certificates to be provided) that must be completed within 5 years from commencing training.  
  • Candidates must be no older than 30 years of age on 1 January 2022;
  • Candidates must be no more than 2 years from completion of their most recent NZQA Qualification;
  • Previous winners of an award may not enter in subsequent years, unless specifically invited to participate by the NZAB;
  • The NZAB reserves the right to utilise pre-selection should candidate numbers be greater than the testing facilities can handle


  • Also eligible if met above criteria in 2020 or 2021 (no older than 30 years on 1 January 2020 or 2021)

Candidates participating in the 2 day competition will be expected to demonstrate the following skills:

  1. An ability to professionally introduce themselves to the judges
  2. An ability to deliver a high quality, well researched 10 to 12 minute presentation on a topic supplied a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the competition commencing
  3. An excellent knowledge of baking theory with particular focus on bread baking and general bakery science
  4. An ability to produce a range of products including lidded breads, hand moulded breads and small goods in a test bakery environment
  5. An ability to calculate bakery percentages and product costings

If you have an outstanding Young Bread Baker on your team, nominate them now. 

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