From dole to dough


Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

BAKERS De­light in Swan View has walked away from the Perth Royal Bread and Pas­try Awards with some se­ri­ous street cred af­ter tak­ing out the Most Suc­cess­ful Bread Ex­hibitor award.

Judged last month, Baker’s De­light, along with 600 other en­tries, pit­ted them­selves against some of the best WA has to of­fer in 55 classes of bread and pas­try.

Fran­chise owner Nathan Mer­rett said the store was also awarded the Tony Noo­nan Memo­rial Cham­pion Loaf Ex­hib­ited in Show, with 23 places in as­sorted bread classes.Mr Mer­rett said it was the 13th year he had en­tered the awards.

“This year we won four golds, nine sil­vers and seven bronzes, tak­ing our to­tal haul of wins over the year to more than 100,” he said.

“We’ve had a lot of suc­cess, in­clud­ing four state win­ners and one na­tional win­ner over the past four years.”

Mr Mer­rett said it was by chance he en­tered the pro­fes­sion.

“It was 21 years ago that I was work­ing for a land­scaper and the com­pany went broke and I found my­self on the dole,” he said.

“Af­ter two weeks I was ex­tremely bored. I was liv­ing across the road from the Bakers De­light in Gal­le­ria when I saw a po­si­tion ad­ver­tised for an ap­pren­tice baker.

“I got the job and just loved it.”

The Perth Royal Bread and Pas­try Awards are part of the Perth Royal Food Awards, which are high­lighted at the Perth Royal Show in Taste WA.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d472247

Nathan Mer­rett with his bread and awards.

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