Baker from Langham rises to national competition

Ian Curtis who won two gold awards for his loafs at the Tiptree World Bread Awards. EMN-140511-113000001
Ian Curtis who won two gold awards for his loafs at the Tiptree World Bread Awards. EMN-140511-113000001

A former baker from Langham has won gold for his award-winning loaves of bread at the World Bread Awards.

Ian Curtis, 47, from Wells Street in Langham, won two gold awards for his home baked loaves of bread at the Tiptree World Bread Awards at Westminster Hall in London.

The awards held on September 17 celebrated the art of bread making and were open to both professional and amateur bakers.

Ian entered two loaves into the home baked section of the competition, including a traditional white loaf and a date and walnut beer bread, with both loaves winning 
gold.

Unfortunately Ian was unable to attend the event on the day, so when he heard he had won two awards it came as a big shock.

Ian said: “It was such a big competition with lots of entries, so I didn’t expect to win. On the day of the competition I had to wake up at 1am to bake the loaves in time to be sent off to London for 8am.”

Ian’s love for baking started when he got a Saturday job as a child, at his local bakery, since then he has gone on to work in numerous bakeries and has recently started his own business, the Rutland Pie Company in Oakham.

Although Ian’s main focus is now making pies, he still likes to bake bread in his spare time and has won many awards from local baking competitions.