Rise to the top: Bakers Deight Swan View in Perth Royal Bread and Pastry award win

From the dole to the dough: Nathan Merrett with his bread and awards. Picture: Bruce Hunt
From the dole to the dough: Nathan Merrett with his bread and awards. Picture: Bruce Hunt

BAKERS Delight in Swan View has walked away from the Perth Royal Bread and Pastry Awards with some serious street cred after taking out the Most Successful Bread Exhibitor award.

Judged last month, Baker’s Delight, along with 600 other entries, pitted themselves against some of the best WA has to offer in 55 classes of bread and pastry.

Franchise owner Nathan Merrett said the store was also awarded the Tony Noonan Memorial Champion Loaf Exhibited in Show, with 23 places in assorted bread classes.

Mr Merrett said it was the 13th year he had entered the awards.

“This year we won four golds, nine silvers and seven bronzes, taking our total haul of wins over the year to more than 100,” he said.

“We’ve had a lot of success, including four state winners and one national winner over the past four years.”

Mr Merrett said it was by chance he entered the profession.

“It was 21 years ago that I was working for a landscaper and the company went broke and I found myself on the dole,” he said.

“After two weeks I was extremely bored. I was living across the road from the Bakers Delight in Galleria when I saw a position advertised for an apprentice baker.

“I got the job and just loved it.”

The Perth Royal Bread and Pastry Awards are part of the Perth Royal Food Awards, which are highlighted at the Perth Royal Show in Taste WA.