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ABST annual competition winners announced

On 7th and 8th June this year, the ABST Conference took place in the Alton Towers Hotel near Stoke in Staffordshire. More than 220 students from seven different colleges and universities from across the United Kingdom and Ireland were there.

The Conference took place over two days, with the main event and awards ceremony being on the second day. The first day was mainly for the students to get to know the sponsors. This year, the ABST made sure the students used their time wisely to talk to possible future employers by having an activity afternoon with members of the UK baking industry to start off their relationship with the UK baking industry.

On the second day, the students had time until 9 am to place all the competition entries in the main conference room ready to be assessed and ranked in various categories by the judges. IREKS U.K. sponsors the Novices Cup, where the first year students can enter by providing one 400 g white loaf, one 400 g SPELT & HONEY loaf and one Swiss roll. As a highlight of the day in the afternoon, star guest Mary Berry gave an interview for all the students with a special question round. The weekend was concluded with an awards ceremony, where the students were able to celebrate all their hard work and achievements.


1. Lily Yates, Tameside College

2. Reanna Shore, Tameside College

3. Holly Drain, Tameside College