Architect-turned-baker honoured at Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food

Architect-turned-baker honoured at Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food
Architect-turned-baker honoured at Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food

Darrin Romp, an architect-turned-baker from Waterlooville, Hampshire, has won the Tiptree Outstanding Achievement Award at the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food. 


In pursuit of his lifelong dream, Darrin quit his job as a successful architect and set up his own bakery business, The Hampshire Real Bread Company. Through his dedication and delicious baking, Darrin has built a loyal following, but there have been obstacles along the way, including problems with the extension he turned into his bakery and being diagnosed with stage four cancer. 


During lockdown, Darrin, always one to put his customers first, decided to provide home deliveries; supporting those who were isolating when he himself was vulnerable. Not only did Darrin do all the baking, he also personally delivered every order.


"Despite facing incredibly difficult personal challenges during a turbulent year, Darrin has continued to fulfil his popular demand to a loyal and growing customer base,” said Claire Browne, one of Darin’s many nominators. “His huge local popularity is a testament to the talent, hard work, care and thought that goes into his produce, which in turn, delivers flavours that customers can’t get enough of. He is an inspiration and proof that it’s never too late to follow your dream.”


“Out of all the nominees for 2021 Tiptree World Bread Awards, Darrin has stood out for demonstrating quality, integrity, innovation and authenticity in both his business and business practice.” said Stephen Hallam, Chair of the Judges. 


In normal times, the Tiptree World Bread Awards celebrates the bread; loaves from around the country would be delivered for assessment by a panel of esteemed judges. Building on the great success of last year, the Awards once again celebrated the UK’s Bread Heroes - the people behind the loaves.


13 regional winners were selected by the judging panel. The winners ranged from Bread and Beyond in Berkshire who teach baking to young adults with autism, to Jon Rosser in Wales who created a social media group, Bread Club 20, which supports thousands of new and seasoned bakers across the world, and Dan Booth from Darlington who, following redundancy, successfully crowdfunded to set up a not for profit community bakery.   


In addition to the regional winners, there was a selection of special awards, one of which was Tiptree Outstanding Achievement Award. Others included the Brook Food Dream Team Award, KitchenAid Home Baker Hero, Shipton Mill Real Bread Hero, Wright’s Flour Award for Innovation and the Zeelandia Award for Sustainability.


One of the judges, Britt Box, She Who Bakes, said,  ‘It has been another strange year and it is so lovely to read stories of the bread heroes who have carried on, diversified, given back and risen to the challenge (pun intended!). They are all an absolute credit to their communities.’


An exhibition of portraits by photographer Henry Kenyon of the Bread Heroes will be touring the UK.


Published on : 20 Oct, 2021
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