Tong Garden Centre baker shortlisted in national bakery competition

Head baker at Tong Garden Centre, Lee Parnham, shortlisted for Baker of the Year in the 2018 baking industry awards.
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Judges from the awards scheme visited Lee Parnham at the Tong Garden Centre bakery in June.
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They sampled many products including Tong’s renowned vanilla slice, quiches and Eccles cakes.
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Lee honed his bakery skills in both independent and multi-site bakeries. He then joined Tong Garden Centre to head up the new bakery team.
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He now manages a team of five who have delivered double digit sales growth every year since the bakery came into existence in 2015.
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Tong’s Commercial Director, Sharon McNair, is proud of Lee’s achievements. “Lee has done a great job of building the team. He’s developed an exciting product range in response to customer feedback.
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“Lee and his team have grown the bakery from a standing start in 3 years. The team now supplies the Food Hall and the restaurant with tray bakes and selected patisserie ranges.”
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A delighted Lee didn’t reach the final three, said: “We have achieved so much and I’m proud to get shortlisted.
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“I couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support and commitment of my team here in the Food Hall.”
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Judges said that competition was tough and getting shortlisted for judging was a great achievement.
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Lee and his team will be showcasing their skills at the forthcoming Taste of Tong event. This is happening on 15th and 16th September.
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