MIAMI Bakehouse apprentice Phoebe Hannemann is a rising star baker who won her decorated birthday cake entry at the West Australian Baking Industry Awards 2018 (WABIA) on June 23.
The Halls Head resident whipped together a chocolate, lemon meringue sponge with butter cream and praline for her submission in the apprentice pastry section of the competition.
The passionate 20-year-old baker, who attended the awards night at the Pagoda Ballroom, said she was “excited” to hear her cake proved worthy of first place.
“I was a little shocked because you never know how judging goes,” she said.
She also placed third for her 450g Vienna white loaf.
She said she started her three-year long combined bread and pastry cooking apprenticeship at Miami Bakehouse in 2017.
“I’m currently on bread shift so my daily role right now is focusing on ovens, making sure everything’s proved to the correct height and baking at the right temperature when it comes out of the oven,” she said.
Miss Hannemann said she loved the creative nature of baking.
“I love that you put so much work in baking and then you get to see the end product and share it with people around you,” she said.
Miss Hannemann said she would endeavour to take more classes in pastry, bread and chocolatiering work.
“I would like to explore more of the pastry side, maybe even go overseas and visit Italy and Germany to get some experience with the pasty and bread side of baking,” she said.
MIAMI’S AWARDS SWEEP
MANDURAH owned and operated Miami Bakehouse took out 12 gold or first place awards, five silver and eight bronze awards at the 2018 WABIA.
First place winners for Miami included Sausage Roll, Chicken Curry Gourmet Pie, Chocolate clair, Cheesecake, White and Wholemeal bread and Hot Cross Buns.