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Ann’s Pantry lifts Best Irish Wheaten at World Bread Awards

From left, Claire Andrew, Andrew Ingredients; John Agnew, Ann’s Pantry; and Stephen Hall, chair of the judges.

Irish Oven Wheaten (sugar free) made by John Agnew of Ann’s Pantry, Larne has triumphed in the Irish Wheaten Loaf category at the World Bread Awards.

Stars of the bread-baking world gathered together at St John’s Church, Hyde Park, London on October 15 for the Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food, hosted by Stephen Hallam, chairman of the judges and MD of Dickinson & Morris.

The Irish Wheaten Loaf category is supported by Food NI and Lisburn based Andrew Ingredients, and saw second place awarded to Anthony and Jim O’Keefe of Corn Dolly Foods, Newry and third to Potters Irish Wheaten made by Stephen Bell, Ballydougan Pottery, Portadown.

Hundreds of loaves were delivered by courier, taxi and in person on the morning of the judging at Cathedral Hall, Westminster Cathedral, to ensure maximum freshness.

The Awards with launched in January 2013 and seek to celebrate the very best of British bread baking. Over 100 judges were involved in this year’s awards, including Apollonia Poilâne of legendary Paris bakery Poilâne; Dr John Foster of BBC’s Victorian Bakers; Harry Lomas MBE, executive head chef, Wembley Stadium; and Finbar Haughey of Andrew Ingredients and Belfast Metropolitan College.

“Andrew Ingredients were delighted to support the Irish Wheaten loaf category along with Food NI at the World Bread Awards 2019,” said Claire Andrew. “It is an honour to support the awards for a third year. Supporting and encouraging excellence in baking is at the heart of our business and supporting awards recognising this is important to us.

“We understand that the skill, quality and standard of the entries were very high this year making the category extremely competitive. Many congratulations to the runners up and especially the winner Ann’s Pantry.”

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