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YOUNG CHAMPS TO CHALLENGE OF NATIONAL COMPETITION ears of hard work and determination are about to pay off for the nation’s top young bakers and pastry chefs as they gear up for the nation’s largest skills showdown: The 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, Melbourne.

Supported by the Victorian Government, the National Competition will be held from Thursday, 6 to Saturday, 8 October at Melbourne Showgrounds. The young baking and pastry apprentices competing will join close to 500 other competitors to compete in over 50 skills with one shared goal in mind: To win a gold medal and become a ‘National Champion’ in their skill. Retail Baking Bread competitors will be tasked with creating a range of products in 15 hours using their own recipes including wholemeal, grain and rye doughs, brioche, croissants, danishes, baguettes and sourdough. They will also be required to create a display piece aligning with the theme “Rio Olympicsâ€? produced with live and dead doughs. Finally, they will be required to write a costings theory paper which will test their theory knowledge by costing a recipe to see how much a product costs to produce. “The products will be assessed in a range of areas such as aroma, cell structure, general appearance, baked colour, baked weight and creativity to name a few,â€? says Chief Judge for Retail Baking Bread and TAFE SA lecturer, Ashley Schmidt. “Throughout the competition, the competitors are also assessed VU6/:HUKMVVKO`NPLULHZ^LSSHZ[OLĂ„UHSWYLZLU[H[PVUVM their products. “I am looking forward to seeing each competitor bringing their PUKP]PK\HSĂ…HYLHUKJYLH[P]P[`I`JYLH[PUN[OLPYV^UYLJPWLZHUK

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REGISTER to attend on the WorldSkills Australia website for your chance to see these up-and-coming superstars in action! Visit:

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Australasian Baker Magazine Issue 33  
Australasian Baker Magazine Issue 33