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Cooplands Bakery College takes the gold and best in show at the ABST Conference

The student star bakers at Cooplands Bakery College brought home a total of 13 medals – including 3 golds – from one of the industry’s biggest bakery competitions.

The annual ABST (Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees) Conference saw bakery students from across the UK competing at the Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire. 10 apprentices from Cooplands Bakery College took part in the competitions on Saturday 17 June.

Cooplands set up their bakery college in 2012 to develop and train the next generation of master bakers. The college came second in the medals table for the 2nd year in a row. They achieved 3 gold medals, 5 silvers and 4 bronze and also came home with Best Overall Confectionery item in show.

Among this year’s winners was Julie Fowler who won first place in the Carved Novelty Cake category for her shipwrecked skull masterpiece. Janet Turnbull, also from Cooplands, achieved third with her woodland cottage cake.

Konrad Sygitowicz was the big winner of the night, taking 2 golds and the Best Overall Confectionery Item for his innovative healthy cereal bar.

The full roundup of medals won by Cooplands Bakery:

Bakery Students Confect Trophy
Jennifer Palmer - Silver

Renshaw Decorative Class
Julie Fowler - Silver

Carved Novelty Cake
Julie Fowler – Gold
Janet Turnbull – Bronze

Goldex Cup
Sandra Hales – Silver

British Society of Baking Trophy
Nick Abbey – Bronze

Sour Dough Challenge Trophy
Andrea Shipley – Bronze

Warburtons Challenge Trophy
Nick Abbey – Bronze
Jennifer Palmer – Silver

Mandy Wansell Trophy
Konrad Sygitowicz – Gold

Healthy Eating Innovation
Konrad Sygitowicz – Gold

The Innovation Trophy
Christina Gibbons -Silver

Best Overall Confectionery Item
Konrad Sygitowicz