For the love of bread!

Bakers' Company LogoMy colleague, Helen, and I recently had the opportunity to visit Bakers’ Hall, the home of the Worshipful Company of Bakers in the City of London.

Given the obvious synergy, we have chosen Bakers’ Hall as the venue for the judging of the first ever World Bread Awards and the visit was an absolute pleasure.

Described on their website, www.bakers.co.uk The Bakers’ Company can trace its origins back to 1155 and is the City of London’s second oldest recorded guild.

The Company plays an active role in the continuing development of the baking industry and allied trades nationally and internationally through training, scholarships and as an authoritative and independent voice in food manufacture and retailing. The Company maintains a significant programme of charitable support.

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The present Bakers’ Hall dates from 1964, after the previous Hall was destroyed during WW2. The site, which is situated between the Monument and the Tower of London, has been owned by the Bakers’ Company for over 500 years.

Bakers’ Hall really is a beautiful venue, absolutely perfect for the inaugural World Bread Awards and we are honoured to be hosting the judging there.

The building is steeped in history, with hidden gems around each corner such as a magnificent celebration cake, baked and decorated by respected master baker and confectioner Robert Ross to honour the 125th anniversary of the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB).

Helen and I left the Hall more enthusiastic than ever and as we progress through the planning of the World Bread Awards I look forward to sharing with you more exciting and enjoyable tasks such as this!

Kathleen Codd

Event Manager – World Bread Awards