Bakers awarded

Justin Clapham and Gemma Pickup have both been awarded titles in the baking industry Oscars. (S)
Justin Clapham and Gemma Pickup have both been awarded titles in the baking industry Oscars. (S)
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Bakers from Bettys have been recognised for their efforts in an awards ceremony hosted by entertainer Jason Donovan.

Gemma Pickup and Justin Clapham, who work at the Harrogate bakery, have both been awarded titles in the industry equivalent of the Oscars.

Twenty-six-year-old Gemma, from Harrogate, has been named UK Confectioner of the Year while Justin, 25 and from Knaresborough, has been named Rising Star of the bakery.

“I chose a career in confectionery at Bettys because of the variety,” said Gemma.

Justin added: “I love craft bakery and teaching. Every day is different.”

Bakery operations manager Caroline Grant said: “Everyone at Bettys is delighted with the news and very proud of Gemma and Justin.”

The awards were hosted by entertainer Jason Donovan. Gemma’s award was presented by Karl Brown, country director UK and Ireland of award sponsor Dawn Foods, and Justin’s was presented by Graham Armstrong, sales director of award sponsor Whitworth Bros.