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Cumbrian baker in the running for a top national award

Aidan Monks

[T]he finalists for this year’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA), the baking industry Oscars, have just been revealed.

Cumbria’s own Aidan Monks, artisan baker and owner of Lovingly Artisan, Plumgarths, Kendal, discovered that he has been shortlisted for the Baker of the Year Award category in the illustrious awards.

Aidan has been shortlisted alongside fellow bakers Paul Rhodes of Paul Rhodes Bakery, Notting Hill and Greenwich, London, and Aidan Chapman of Flint Owl Bakery, Lewes, East Sussex.

This year’s swanky black-tie awards will take place in the capital on 05th September at the Hilton Park Lane, with the evenings proceedings set to be hosted by in demand TV presenter Stephen Mulhern.

Yet again the judging has been rigorous, with the BIA judges scouring the length and breadth of the UK during the last few months to find bakery’s best bakery businesses, products and people.

Aidan commented: ‘’It’s an incredible honour being shortlisted alongside the other finalists in the BIA’s. The awards are the biggest night in the baking industry calendar and provide a magnificent stage on which to acknowledging the skills and achievements of my whole team. Not only that, they provide the whole industry with the opportunity to celebrate the individuals and businesses who are at the forefront of the re-emergence of the UK’s artisan bakeries, alongside all those who contribute to this magnificent industry.’’

Now all Aidan and team has to do is cross everything and wait until early September to find out if he will win through and bring the plaudits home to the North West.

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