BALSALL COMMON student Christopher Fine walked away with the top accolade from University College Birmingham’s Young Bakers course.
The course, held on a Saturday, allows 14 to 16 year olds to learn practical skills to help educate them in the art of baking as well as providing a variety of career options within the bakery trade.
The successful course has been supported by family bakers, Warburtons for the past four years and is now starting to reveal some talented young bakers such as 16-year-old Christopher who achieved this year’s Academy Star award.
The award is given to the pupil who has put the most effort into their work and has gained a wealth of knowledge and skills from participating in the three-month course.
Christopher said: “I am really glad I took part in the course, I have learnt a lot about baking and it has opened my eyes to career opportunities that I hadn’t considered.”
Dawn Gemmell, Head of the college bakery said: “We are very proud of what our students have achieved with us, especially Christopher, whose outstanding dedication and hard work has earned him the Academy Star. Without the support from Warburtons over the last four years it would not have been possible to offer these young adults this great opportunity.”
Bill Rae, Warburtons area business development manager said: “The art of baking requires great skill and Christopher has clearly proven he has the necessary talent and patience. The course gives pupils the chance to realise their true potential and we hope this experience helps to encourage more and more of the students to choose a career in baking.”
With another round of young bakers set to start in September, it looks like a bright future for bread lovers across the city.