BRIGHTON Bakery owner Vuong Dong has been baking award-winning pastries since 1994 and recently added seven more awards to his tally.
Mr Dong (59), who has been running his Scarborough bakery for 22 years, won seven awards at the Royal Bread and Pastry Show last month.
The awards included both silver and bronze prizes for meat pie, pasties, muffins, caramel slice, carrot cake, cheesecake and Danishes.
Mr Dong said his pasties had won an award at the Royal Show for the third year in a row.
“I feel very happy this year, it is the first year we got seven award winners since 1994,” he said. “Every time we win, we feel happy because customers come and congratulate us.”
Mr Dong said he personally had a soft spot for his lamb and seafood pies, and sweets.
“The cake is the caramel slice, everyone who comes here says it is the best and I love that one as well,” he said.
Mr Dong said he wanted to keep running the bakery for another five to 10 years but his daughter, Thuy, said she would like him to ease out of the business.
“He wants to keep on going to beat himself next year and keep doing better than the last,” she said.
“I think he can pass the recipes on to someone else and I can manage it, so we can still keep the bakery here for everyone to enjoy.”
Royal Show chief pastry judge Mike French said there were more than 20 bakeries in the competition.
“They come from all over WA, including Mandurah, Pinjarra and the northern suburbs,” he said.
For the bread categories, Bakers Delight Noranda and Coles Supermarket Claremont claimed several silver and bronze awards for various loaves and rolls.
Chief bread judge John Noonan said there were several aspects he looked at in a good piece of bread.
“The first point is the attractiveness and secondly, we cut the loaf and we look at the texture, smell it, and look at how well did the baker make the loaf,” he said.