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Weston Milling Trainee of the Year Competition 2012 – Our Top 9

April 29, 2012 • Bakery, Cafe, Catering, Events, FeaturedComments (0)

After entries closed end of March for this year’s Weston Milling Trainee of the Year competition, there were more than 100 entrants, and it was pleasing to see the return of entries from Christchurch among the group. The entrants were required to supply unmarked products for independent elimination judging. After much consideration in judging, the ...

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Bakery of the Year 2011 Bread Display category

Don’t dream it, do it

April 18, 2012 • Bakery, Cafe, Catering, Events, Featured, Food serviceComments (0)

This year’s New Zealand Bakery of the Year Competition is a dream come true for creative bakers, with the emphasis on visual appeal and flavour profile as well as technical proficiency. A Summer Olympics theme will provide plenty of inspiration for the...

HE2020 Yash with a Jemi convection oven

Confidence in the products leads to New Zealand launch

April 4, 2012 • Bakery, Cafe, Catering, Fast food, Featured, Food service, RestaurantsComments (0)

It takes a lot of confidence in your business and product to launch an independent branch in a neighbouring country at the height of a recession but that is exactly what HE2020 did. The Australian hospitality equipment company owned by Tony Hayek, with five...


Local schools win big Muffin Break

April 4, 2012 • Bakery, EventsComments (0)

Two primary schools have won the chance to kick start their annual fundraising thanks to the Muffin Break Great Bake Sale. Pompallier Catholic School from the North Island and Gilberthorpe School from the South Island are the lucky winners of the national...


Little and Friday owner releases cookbook

March 21, 2012 • Bakery, Cafe, Cookbooks, FeaturedComments (2)

Buttery brioche, addictive cream-filled donuts, dainty cakes, delectable tarts and melt-in-your mouth savoury pastries from New Zealand‘s best-kept secret – the kitchen of Little and Friday. When the queue for a café stretches out to the pavement on...


Have pies improved?

March 21, 2012 • Bakery, Cafe, Fast food, Featured, Food serviceComments (0)

A recent study of 31 mince pies produced by independent bakeries in Auckland showed they were more expensive, heavier and contained less fat and sodium per 100 grams of pie weight compared to pies sampled from the same bakeries in 2007 (see below table for...


Barista competition serves up trans-Tasman rivalry

March 7, 2012 • Bakery, Beverage, Cafe, Fast food, FeaturedComments (0)

Thirty of the country’s top baristas are set to put their best cappuccino forward as they compete to be crowned winner in a Muffin Break Barista competition. The annual trans-Tasman competition sees Muffin Break baristas from New Zealand and Australia...

Judging at the 2011 Bakery of the Year

Visual impact of baking is sure to entice at FFNZ

March 6, 2012 • Bakery, Cafe, Catering, Events, Featured, ProductsComments (0)

Bakers from around the country crammed into Napier War Memorial Hall last year to glimpse and study baking entries for the 2012 Bakery of the Year competition. But any good baker knows that the more people who view their products, the greater their business...

Wither Hills executive chef Dave Anderson

Wither Hills moves into dinner trade

February 22, 2012 • Bakery, Food service, RestaurantsComments (1)

Wither Hills Restaurant executive chef, Dave Anderson has announced the popular winery restaurant will open for dinner five nights a week from Wednesday to Sunday. Currently no other wineries offer dinner around Blenheim and Dave and his wife Sarah, the...

Christmas mince pies

Christmas at The Cake Stall

December 14, 2011 • Bakery, Cafe, Featured, Food serviceComments (2)

About this time last year I wrote an article on The Cake Stall – a charming little café/bakery in Royal Oak, Auckland. While the purpose of my visit wasn’t to cover its Christmas products, I couldn’t help but notice the many festive treats that were on...