Ocho Rios bakery wins 'King of Easter Buns' competition
Participants eagerly await the final results at the Jamaica Flour Mills King Of Buns Easter Bun Competition on Tuesday. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)
Golden Loaf Baking Company from Ocho Rios, St Ann outshone a group of more nationally known bakeries to win Jamaica Flour Mills’ King Of Buns Easter Bun Competition at the Hospitality Block at the University of Technology (UTech) on Tuesday.
From the field of six, Golden Loaf won the most favour with the judges, with National Baking Company Limited finishing second and Maxfield Bakery third. The other three contestants were Purity Bakery, Hammonds Bakery and Regal Bakery.
Golden Loaf, Hammonds and Regal were the only contestants from outside the Corporate Area. Hammonds is from Westmoreland and Regal from Montego Bay.
With the victory, Golden Loaf received 27 pallets of baking flour while National Baking Company copped as heavy-duty mixer and Maxfield 10 pallets of baking flour.
Each bakery had to submit two buns, both wrapped in unbranded plastic and labeled with a unique code. Competitors also had to submit a sealed envelope linking the name of the bakery to the code. After the winning bun was selected by the code, the sealed envelopes were opened to determine the bakery.
According to chief judge, Winston Piper, a lecturer at the School of Baking at UTech, the buns were judged on the external and internal appearance of the product, as well as the taste. Each of the three judges gave a score on all three components with the winner being the one that got the most.
The winner was decided by half point and another half point separated second from third place.
"It was a very rigorous process. Very detailed. We had to taste, re-taste, drink water, go back and forth to decide the winner," Piper said.
Jannelle Garcia, human resource manager at Golden Loaf, said the bakery was very confident going into the competition.
"We entered because we knew that we had one of, if not the best, bun. So far this year, everyone who have tasted the bun, say it is a very good bun or one of the best they have ever tasted. It feels very good to win, but I was very confident that we would," Garcia told Loop News.
JF Mills Easter Bun Competition 2018