Dunedin baker Sean Jackson had little time to savour his
success after he was named runner-up in the 2013 New Zealand
Young Bread Baker of the Year competition in Auckland this
The 27-year-old New World Centre City baker was awarded a
$2000 research grant.
He said he was ''really stoked'' to have gone so far in the
''I got to meet a great bunch of guys who are the best of our
''I'm still getting used to the fact that I was runner-up.
''There was a supper put on, and not surprisingly, it had a
lot of sandwiches, savouries and pies.''
But there was not much time to enjoy the experience.
He arrived back in Dunedin at 9pm on Thursday night and was
back at work at 3am yesterday morning.
The award is sponsored by the New Zealand Association of
Bakers and is designed to promote excellence in people
emerging from their training.
Mr Jackson competed against Michael Murphy (24) from the
bakery at New World Gardens, and they were two of four bakers
nationwide who reached the final of the competition.
The winner was Robert Reihana, from Quality Bakers in Nelson,
who won a research grant worth up to $10,000 for overseas
travel to look at new technology, ingredients, processes or
trends in products.
He is now eligible to represent New Zealand at the LA Judge
Awards for baking apprentices in Sydney later this year.