Trainee com­petes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

James Robin­son is happy for the proof of his skills to be found in his pud­ding – or fruit tarts and mince pies.

The Porirua ap­pren­tice baker, who works at Windmill Qual­ity Cake Shop un­der the canopies, has been judged among the top 10 bak­ers’ trainees in the coun­try, and will com­pete for the ti­tle of New Zealand We­ston Milling Trainee of the Year, in Napier in July.

‘‘It’ll be hard, there’s some good ap­pren­tices out there but, whether I win or lose, it’s go­ing to be a grow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Prac­tice comes with his day-to-day work, start­ing at 5am each day, though he is also read­ing up on the­ory at home.

Mr Robin­son be­gan work­ing in a bak­ery at Wool­worths dur­ing week­ends while at school, and fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of a cousin who also trained at Windmill, he jumped at the chance for an ap­pren­tice­ship. He is now near­ing the end of the three­and-a-half years of train­ing.

‘‘I’ve just al­ways en­joyed it. I like that you can bake some­thing amaz­ing from noth­ing. I like the ba­sic stuff like the breads and cake dec­o­ra­tion – pretty much all of it, it’s a lot of fun. I’d like to move into sugar sculp­tures, but that’s way into the fu­ture.’’

The competition’s top 10 fi­nal­ists were de­cided from a sam­ple of ap­ple pies, cof­fee buns and cheese scones sent in for judg­ing and Mr Robin­son says he’s pleased his work was marked highly. He gives credit to his men­tors at Windmill who have also placed highly in na­tional trainee com­pe­ti­tions in the past.

‘‘ It’s the tra­di­tion, the knowl­edge and the un­der­stand­ing that they have,’’ he says.

In­cluded in the fi­nal­ists’ pack­age is three days of ex­pert train­ing in Napier be­fore the competition, but the big bonus would be on his CV, Mr Robin­son said.

‘‘It’d be great to­wards the fu­ture, I think it would be eas­ier to get jobs and would be recog­nised over­seas.’’

Even­tu­ally he plans to travel and work in Aus­tralia, and one day ‘‘maybe some­where in Europe’’.

Heat is on: Ap­pren­tice baker James Robin­son has been se­lected to take part in a high pres­sure bake-off for the ti­tle of na­tional trainee of the year next month.

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