National competition no match for bakery students

National competition no match for bakery students

Bakery students at Tameside College tasted victory in a prestigious national competition hosted at Alton Towers Hotel recently.

The annual Association of Bakery Technicians and Students (ABST) competition showcases the skills and talents of master and amateur bakers from across the UK. Tameside College has a tradition of success in the competition where students regularly win top prizes.

Overall, students won an impressive two 1st places, one 2nd place, four 3rd places and two highly commended awards in a range of categories including shortbread, fruit loaf and the novices’ cup.

Lily Yates, a former Droylsden Academy pupil and current bakery student at Tameside College, won three prizes including a 1st place in the novices’ cup. She said: “I am absolutely over the moon that we did so well in the competition. It was a really enjoyable weekend."

Steven Lee, bakery teacher at Tameside College, said: “All of our students have excelled themselves in the ABST competition. They were competing under a lot of pressure against very experienced master bakers and they really showed their worth. I am positive that this experience will have given them a massive boost and that they all have great careers in the industry ahead of them. Congratulations to the students.”

The winners include:

  • Lily Yates – 1st place in the novices’ cup, Bill O’Brien memorial trophy, highly commended in the British Society of Baking trophy

  • Joel Chadwick – highly commended in the shortbread challenge trophy

  • Reanna Shore – 2nd place in the novices’ cup

  • Holly Drain – 3rd place in the novices’ cup, 3rd place in the masters’ cup

  • Faye Kerley – 3rd place in the shortbread challenge trophy

  • Robyn Taylor – 3rd place in the Warburton’s fruit loaf challenge

To find out more about bakery courses at Tameside College, visit or call 0161 908 6600.

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