Tong Garden Centre baker shortlisted in national bakery competition

by | Sep 11, 2018 | Community, Independents, News | 0 comments

Tong Garden Centre
Head baker at Tong Garden Centre, Lee Parnham, shortlisted for Baker of the Year in the 2018 baking industry awards.
Judges from the awards scheme visited Lee Parnham at the Tong Garden Centre bakery in June.
They sampled many products including Tong’s renowned vanilla slice, quiches and Eccles cakes.
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.
He now manages a team of five who have delivered double digit sales growth every year since the bakery came into existence in 2015.
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.
“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.”
A delighted Lee didn’t reach the final three, said: “We have achieved so much and I’m proud to get shortlisted.
“I couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support and commitment of my team here in the Food Hall.”
Judges said that competition was tough and getting shortlisted for judging was a great achievement.
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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