Wodonga TAFE Baking apprentice represents Victoria at prestigious LA Judge Award for baking industry excellence

Wodonga TAFE Baking apprentice represents Victoria at prestigious LA Judge Award for baking industry excellence

By Susan Burdett
22 May 2018
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Tegan Williams, Victorian representative at LA Judge Awards 2018

Ms Tegan Williams, former apprentice in Retail Baking with Wodonga TAFE, represented Victoria at the prestigious L.A. Judge Awards in Sydney last week. Hosted annually by the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC), the LA Judge Award for Baking Apprentice of the Year is touted as ‘the most prestigious annual baking prize in Australasia’ and was originally established in 1967 as a way of promoting excellence for young bakers. The baking apprentices came from across Australia and New Zealand for the three-day competition, before the award winner was announced at the Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony last Thursday 17 May 2018.

Candidates in the competition had to be employed in the Baking industry, and were judged in the competition against criteria of Practical Baking Skills, Technical Knowledge, Presentation, and Communication Skills. Competitors’ skills and knowledge were tested throughout the competition, and they also produced various types of bread, including a decorative dough piece or bread plaque, that were featured in a display at the Gala Dinner.

Tegan completed Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined) with Wodonga TAFE in 2017, and is employed at Rutherglen Bakery. Tegan was also awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year 2017’ at Wodonga TAFE’s Celebration of Achievement Awards in November 2017. When accepting her initial nomination for Wodonga TAFE’s Apprentice of the Year Award, Tegan said; “If you have a passion in something, give it a go, you shouldn’t miss out on an opportunity, and TAFE will help you get there. I have really enjoyed my four years as a baker – it’s tough, but your qualification is nationally recognised and when you’re finished your studies your qualification can take you anywhere.”

Retail Bakery teacher, Mr Bruce Simpson, Wodonga TAFE’s Teacher – Bakery and Food Processing nominated Tegan as an entry for this year’s LA Judge Award. Tegan underwent a panel interview to determine her suitability and was approved as the Victorian Bakery apprentice candidate. Mr Simpson said that Tegan was always taking the initiative, and was a stand-out student. “As far as her training is concerned Tegan was definitely an A-grade student – she always handed in good work and completed all work to a very high standard. “Tegan would be a very effective ambassador for her chosen industry of retail baking, for the community and for Australia.” 

Tegan Williams participating in LA Judge Awards 2018

Tegan Williams at L. A. Judge Awards 2018. Image source: http://aegic.org.au/