Top gong for baker work­ing with farm­ers

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page -

WORK­ING with farm­ers to source the finest and best-tast­ing wheat has paid off for this baker.

Brasserie Bread found­ing di­rec­tor Michael Klausen took home the NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries’ In­no­va­tion Award at the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show.

NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries di­rec­tor-gen­eral Scott Hansen said NSW DPI was a proud spon­sor of this award to recog­nise in­no­va­tive pro­duc­tion, re­search and devel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion and devel­op­ment of con­sumer mar­kets.

“Brasserie Bread, lo­cated at Banksmeadow, just south of Syd­ney CBD, has de­vel­oped a close re­la­tion­ship with the four farms the busi­ness sources all its grains from,” Mr Hansen said.

“Michael works with the farm­ers to se­lect the va­ri­eties of wheat sown to pro­duce the pre­cise flavour and bak­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics he needs to pro­duce a re­ally world-class prod­uct.

“The grain is grown at North Star, Coon­am­ble and Forbes in NSW, and near the Flin­ders Ranges, and al­most all is milled in Tam­worth.

“Each ar­ti­san bread prod­uct is baked with the ut­most skill and care, us­ing high-qual­ity fresh in­gre­di­ents to pro­duce flavour­some prod­ucts of re­mark­able char­ac­ter.”

Mr Hansen also con­grat­u­lated Brasserie Bread on be­ing named the win­ner of the 2018 Pres­i­dent’s Medal and con­grat­u­lated the other out­stand­ing fi­nal­ists: Barossa Fine Foods; Poach­ers Pantry; Black La­bel Berk­shire; Cage Road Brew­ing; and Gun­dowring Fine Foods.

Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries Niall Blair pre­sented the awards and said the RAS Pres­i­dent’s Medal show­cased supreme cham­pi­ons for out­stand­ing qual­ity wine, dairy, fine food, beer and cider.

“Brasserie Bread was recog­nised for the qual­ity of its pro­duce, and the strength of its so­cial and eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion to its com­mu­nity,” Mr Blair said.

“The NSW Gov­ern­ment is proud of the long as­so­ci­a­tion with this pres­ti­gious award ini­tia­tive that ac­knowl­edges and cel­e­brates some of the world’s finest food and bev­er­age pro­duc­ers.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WIN­NER WIN­NER: Brasserie Bread CEO Rod­ney Molla and Nick Wood.

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