Bak­ing a dif­fer­ence with his in­gre­di­ents

Gatton Star - - LIFE - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

HID­ING out in the fridge helped one ap­pren­tice baker get through 40-de­gree heat when the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in a na­tional bake off was at stake.

Tyler Casanovas was work­ing in cus­tomer ser­vice at the Old Fern­vale Bak­ery when the op­por­tu­nity arose two-and-a-half years ago to learn the craft of bak­ing.

Now 21, the ap­pren­tice baker has made his mark in the award-win­ning bak­ery, scor­ing recog­ni­tion for him­self with the Bak­ing in Ex­cel­lence Award.

He came first in the cat­e­gory of pas­try and cakes and is now han­ker­ing to com­pete in the na­tional fi­nals in Mel­bourne.

The Bak­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia com­pe­ti­tion was open to ap­pren­tices and re­quired en­trants to bake a num­ber of good­ies in un­der five hours.

“We had to bake a birth­day cake with writ­ing on it,” Mr Casanovas said.

“As well as eclairs, palmiers, saint hon­oré, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, a quiche and a le­mon meringue.”

Sounds like a lot? Many en­trants didn’t com­plete the task and Mr Casanovas ad­mit­ted it was dif­fi­cult.

“Es­pe­cially be­cause it was, like, 40 de­grees up there and there’s no air-con or any­thing,” he said.

“Some of the other com­peti­tors did have a prob­lem get­ting it all done, es­pe­cially in the heat when you’re try­ing to use cream.”

He said he fled to the fridge when it came time to dec­o­rate.

“I took most of my stuff straight to the fridge and did it in there,” he said.

In the day-to-day, cakes are Mr Casanovas’ favourite item to bake.

“Sponge cakes, but­ter. All that stuff. I just love dec­o­rat­ing and bak­ing cakes,” he said.

He doesn’t have a favourite kind of cake but the op­por­tu­ni­ties to be creative are am­ple.

“There’s so many dif­fer­ent things you can do with it.”

Of his ac­com­plish­ment, Mr Casanovas said it helped re­mind him to believe in him­self.

“You’ve al­ways got to believe in your­self a bit but it helped re­in­force the fact you can ac­tu­ally go some­where while do­ing this stuff,” he said.

Mr Casanovas will rep­re­sent Queens­land in the fi­nals in June.

I took most of my stuff straight to the fridge and did it in there

PHOTO: EBONY GRAVEUR

BAK­ING WINS: 21-year-old Tyler Casanovas came first in the cakes and pas­tries cat­e­gory.

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