Warrens Bakery crimps its way to top industry award

From left: Cluster director at award category sponsor Dawn Foods Chris Jenkins, Warrens Bakery operational director Jason Jobling, Warrens Bakery retail director Alex Martin and awards host Stephen Mulhern.

Friday 7th September 2018 08:41 BST

Warrens Bakery has been crowned Craft Bakery Business of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards 2018 – the industry’s top accolade.

The Cornish firm beat off stiff competition from the best of the British baking industry to capture the award.

Warrens Bakery’s achievements were recognised on Wednesday night in front of more than 600 industry guests at London’s Hilton on Park Lane during a glittering awards ceremony. The event is run by British Baker magazine and organised by William Reed Business Media.

Established in 1860, Warrens describes itself as the oldest Cornish pasty-maker still using traditional hand-crimping methods. But virtually everything else at the company has changed.

Operating out of two bakeries, in St Just and Plymouth, some of Warrens’ master bakers have been with the business for more than 50 years, while operational director Jason Jobling has learned the trade and grown up with the company since the age of 14.

Mr Jobling was presented with the award by TV star and all-round entertainer Stephen Mulhern, and Chris Jenkins, cluster director at award category sponsor Dawn Foods.

Prizes were awarded across 10 categories, including Speciality Bread Product, Celebration Cake Business and Baker of the Year.

Editor of British Baker Vince Bamford said: “Once again, the Baking Industry Awards has highlighted the dedication and innovation that shapes Britain’s baking industry.

“I would like to thank everyone involved: our sponsors, our expert judges and, of course, the brilliant bakers and businesses we are delighted to be able to honour with this event.”

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