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America’s best loaf at the Tiptree World Bread Awards

 

Stars of the bread-baking world gathered together at Landmark on the Park, Manhattan, New York City on Wednesday October 30 for the hotly-anticipated announcement of the winners of the 2019 Tiptree World Bread Awards supported by American Bakers’ Association

The glamorous awards ceremony was hosted by Stephen Hallam, Master Baker, Managing Director of Dickinson & Morris in England and Chair of the Judges who was delighted to declare Jonathan Bethony of Seylou, Washington, DC as Overall Winner for his loaf ‘Pain Au Levain’.   Philippine Coste, Export Sales Manager, Wilkin & Sons Limited and Stephen Hallam, Chair of Judges handed Jonathan a cheque for $1000, a Tiptree hamper and trophy.

Jonathan beat off competition from loaves sent in from around the United States – delivered by courier and in person on the morning of the judging at Landmark on the Park to ensure maximum freshness.

 “The field was incredibly competitive,” says Hallam, whose fellow judges, more than 30 of them, included legendary bakers Zachary Golper of Bien Cuit, Dana Cowin Founder, Speaking Broadly, Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery and Amy Scherber of Amy’s Bread as well as David and Tracey Zabar of Zabars, the historic New York food emporium.

Guests celebrated the occasion with an array of food and drink from both sides of the pond from Tiptree gin cocktails mixed with Fever-Tree, Nouaison Gin to Paul-Marie & Fils Pineaudes Charentes along with a feast of award-winning British cheeses from Cote Hill and Colston Bassett.

Tiptree World Bread Awards supported by American Bakers Association seek to celebrate the very best of American bread baking. “Only our second year in the USA and we have had a bumper crop of amazing entries,” says Caroline Kenyon, Director of the Awards. “The choice, range and quality of bread in America today is immense.”

Full list of categories and winners:  www.worldbreadawardsusa.com

Photo: Henry Kenyon


 

Tiptree World Tiptree Bread Awards with Brook Food

The first of the Bread Awards events of the season took place in the beautiful Westminster Cathedral Hall when nearly 100 judges: chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, bloggers and others,  were tasked with judging the quality of each loaf made by experienced bakers and home bakers.

There is a gentle buzz as you entered the hall where each entry is on show but as the judges become more involved and more passionate about each entry the sound level rises to an excited babble as every loaf is viewed, cut and tried.  There was an great assortment of flat breads, fruit breads, sour doughs loaves, classic white bread, gluten free and many other classes.  The judging is done in pairs and the overall class winner is carefully selected, all under the supervision of master baker Stephen Hallam, chair of judges. 

The results will be revealed in mid-October.

The bread wasn’t wasted, some went to a local charity for the homeless at Westminster Cathedral and the remainder was sent to Windsor & Eton Brewery for a special brew.


 

Judging the Breads

The delicious smell of freshly baked bread greeted the  judges as they entered Westminster Cathedral Hall for the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brooke Foods. 90 bakers, chefs, food writers and producers worked in pairs to mark every loaf,  all under the guidance of Stephen Hallam chair of judges.

There was an amazing array of sour dough, flat breads, fruit breads gluten-free and even simple white loaves. The gentle buzz around the room, as everyone gathered, soon developed into an excited babble, as judges evaluated and discussed each loaf.  

There will be some very worthy winners announced at the Awards evening.

 

 


 

World Record breaking Tiptree Strawberry Race

At Sixties theme event

 

The fastest picker at the annual Tiptree Little Scarlet Race, Nicolae Petrechivta, has beaten our world record with an amazing pick of 8.92 kilos in just one hour.  He was joined by farm workers, guest teams and staff teams who competed to be fastest picker and the best dressed – sixties style.  The race started with the traditional horn blowing as pickers tried to pick as many tiny Little Scarlet strawberries as possible on what was a magnificent summers day.

As he presented the prizes Walter Scott, chairman of Wilkin & Sons Ltd said, “welcome everyone and what wonderful attire on this beautiful day. Last year I remarked that the Tiptree Strawberry Race was a quirky event similar to the Maldon Mud Race; but unlike that muddy event we are dependent on the weather and this year we had to delay the race because of the late harvest.  Walter then introduced Debbie de Boltz from Farleigh Hospice who said:  “A huge thank you to the staff of Wilkin & Sons for voting for Farleigh Hospice to be this year’s Strawberry Race charity.  Farleigh provides care for people with life limiting illness.  Our pledge is that they will receive care free of charge and it is thanks to people like you and Tiptree that we can do this.  We ask for money, we spend it then we ask for more – it really works – thank you!!”

The competition lasts just one hour, the fruit is then weighed, put into a chill store and then taken to the jam factory where it will be made into Little Scarlet Strawberry Conserve; before being shipped to shops and hotels in the UK, Paris, New York and Sydney. 

 

Results

Fastest picker Nicolae Petrechivta of Romania with 8.92 kilos

Fastest team – guests - English Spirit Distillery 12.42 kilos

Best dressed individual -  Coral Salmon of Dummett Copp LLP

Best dressed guest team - Crest Nicholson Eastern

Best dressed – in house team – Pudding Room Ladies

 


 

 

“Preserving the Peace”

Surprise drop into Open Farm Sunday

Visitors to Open Farm Sunday at Wilkin & Sons’ farm at Tiptree were amazed to see a BE2e aircraft approaching a nearby field and dropping a message streamer requesting “more jam”; replicating an act that took place 100 years ago during the First World War.  People left the tasting tables where they had been enjoying fresh strawberries and juicy cherries, curds, jams and cakes to watch this historic aircraft as it flew over the wheat fields and dropped the streamer with messages, this time, about “preserving the peace”.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust and Tiptree farms worked together to recreate the dropping of a replica message streamer.  On Sunday it contained messages from HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jenny Tolhurst, Dan Snow MBE and Lt. Col. Steve Caldwell but this time, about “preserving the peace”.

Chairman of the WWI Aviation Heritage Trust, Dick Forsythe, gave a commentary of the progress of the BE2e as it approached the Tiptree farm.  The most poignant time was as Dick read a letter from Lt Colin Milburn, a young pilot who thanked Wilkin & Sons for jam in a letter dated 6th January 1918, sadly Lt Milburn was killed less than a month after his letter was written.  Dick Forsythe said “it’s a great pleasure to be part of this event and as a charity our role is to preserve the heritage of World War 1 for future generations.”

 

The streamer and pouch were collected from the field by Arnold Frost, Tiptree’s sign writer, and presented to Walter Scott, chairman of Wilkin & Sons who said:  “I’d like to thank the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust and our friends at Stow Maries for their work in recreating this amazing flypast.  Open Farm Sunday is a national event, but we concentrate on farming in this area: with Wicks Manor Pork, the delicious fruit and vegetable displays, huge farm machinery on show, a bee enthusiast along with hawks, lawn mowers, charity stands and an interactive field to fork display of wheat”   

Open Farm Sunday is a great opportunity for visitors to take a ride across the farm to see the different fruits that are grown at Tiptree and the acres of strawberry plants, many loaded with ripe berries, waiting for the next morning’s pickers.   The event provides fun for the family, a taster of local food and this year a special message “preserving the peace” thanks to the visit of the BE2e.


 

 

“Welcome to your new home” - The Wilkin tradition continues

Wilkin & Sons were delighted to hand thirteen new 1-3 bed homes over to staff on Thursday where Walter Scott, Chairman of Wilkin & Sons, cut the ribbon to officially open the new Nine Acres site opposite the jam factory.  Walter was joined by Peter Wilkin, directors, Mark Vanson the project manager, Crest Nicholson’s site manager and the young families who are just moving into their new homes.

“We are proud to continue the Wilkin tradition of providing local homes for our staff.  I can remember when this was a field and now there are homes and open spaces for local families just a few steps away from their work,” said Walter Scott.  “It is a lovely opportunity to offer these homes to our staff and we hope they will all be very happy – at least they already know their neighbours!”

These new highly energy efficient homes continue a Wilkin tradition, first started over 100 years ago of providing accommodation for their staff.  During Victorian times many benevolent companies provided homes for their workforce: Francis Henry Crittall conceived the idea of a model village at Silver End, Cadbury’s built a community in Bourneville, Levers had a large village at Port Sunlight and Sir Titus Salt developed an amazing textile mill and village homes, which is now a world heritage site, each company creating local accommodation for their workers but we think Wilkin & Sons are one of a very few who continue this tradition. 


 

New Tiptree truck proves its life-saving potential

Tim Sharp, a Wilkin & Sons’ driver, was at the wheel of his new Mercedes-Benz Actros when a woman stepped off the kerb in front of him – and the truck’s Active Brake Assist 4 emergency braking system intervened instantly to prevent an accident.

“I was on my way out of London,” he recalled. “A lady was on her phone and decided to take a short cut to a zebra crossing. The vehicle picked up on her before I could, and brought me safely to a halt in good time. I didn’t touch anything; the truck did it all. And the speed with which it did so... I was just blown away. Fantastic!”

Active Brake Assist 4 employs multi-mode radar to monitor moving and stationary objects in front of the vehicle and sounds an audible warning when it senses potential for a collision. If the driver takes no action, it will apply staged braking followed by full braking power to prevent a crash, or dramatically reduce the effects of an impact. The system is looking for moving pedestrians from a standstill, even one stepping into the truck’s path from behind a parked car.

We have an amazing team of drivers and some very special trucks - their distinctive green and gold colours can be spotted on motorways and delivering Tiptree products to customers across the country.


 

The Bread “Oscars” return to New York

After a stunning debut last year, the Tiptree World Bread Awards, supported by American Bakers Association, are coming to New York again for 2019 to celebrate the very best American bread bakers; registration is now open.

The Judging Day will take place at Landmark on the Park on Tuesday October 29, 2019 where a top panel of 40 judges will taste and argue their way through all the entries. The 2019 Awards will have 14 categories, from sourdough to bagel and, for the first time for the USA, include a category dedicated to the talented Home Baker.

The judges, a line-up of New York’s food aristocracy include: bakers, food editors, pastry chefs, deli owners, food specialists and the sponsors. 

Inspired by the UK Awards, the top annual competition for professional bakers in the United Kingdom, the USA Awards were a great success - loaves were received from all round the country on the Judging Day in Brooklyn last October. The 2018 winner was Sarah Owens of Ritual Fine Foods in Queens, NYC who received a cheque for $1000 and global publicity.

The 2019 Awards are now open for online registration at: www.worldbreadawardsusa.com

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For more information: Cat Shaw cat@thefoodawardscompany.co.uk 00 44 7866 689932

www.worldbreadawardsusa.com.