SWAN View Baker Danielle Markich has shown her talent is on the rise after triumphing in the WA Baking Show 2015.
The Bakers Delight Swan View employee was named apprentice baker of the year at the Australian Baking Industry BAA Awards in Melbourne recently.
Before becoming a baker, Ms Markich worked at Bakers Delight Swan View for six years in sales, moving from a junior assistant through to sales manager.
After mastering front-of-house duties, Ms Markich was ready for a new challenge and moved to the production area, taking on an apprenticeship six months ago.
She recently won gold in the World Skills Australia National Championships and colleague Kieran Meier won silver.
“I’ve always been extremely passionate about baking,” she said.
“This sort of recognition so early in my apprenticeship has given me an added boost of confidence.
“Swan View has such a supportive local community and it has been amazing to see regular customers pop in for a quick chat and to say congratulations to both of us. Being a baker in such a tight knit community is so rewarding,” she said.
Both students study at Polytechnic West’s Bentley campus.
Hospitality and culinary arts manager Bernhard Staggl said the institute had a long history with the Baking Association of Australia.
“Our lecturers have worked closely with the Baking Association over the years to ensure our training programs are well suited to industry needs,” Mr Staggl said.
“The association provides wonderful opportunities for lecturers and students to be involved in competitions, whether as judges or competing.”
Ms Markich said when she worked front-of-house at the bakery she would love coming in to work and seeing what the bakers had made that day, which made her want to bake as well.