Here they are – the businesses, brands and individuals that have reached the final frontier at the 2019 Baking Industry Awards.There’s a great big universe of talent in the bakery trade – and British Baker is delighted to be able to recognise and reward some of the brightest stars in the 2019 Baking Industry Awards.Hundreds of guests – including many of the top figures from the UK’s biggest bakery manufacturers, suppliers and retailers – gathered at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London last night (4 September) for a fantastic awards ceremony, which featured a dazzling intergalactic theme.This year’s host, former Pussycat Doll and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Ashley Roberts, presented the awards across 11 categories, including Baker of the Year, Supermarket Bakery Business of the Year and Bakery Manufacturer of the Year.Roberts was aided in making the presentations by representatives from our sponsor companies.As it does every year, the ceremony followed months of judging – with hundreds of product tastings, and judges conducting dozens of interviews and travelling an incredible 20,000 miles in total to visit businesses and ensure those companies and individuals recognised on the night were worthy of their accolades.“Thank you to all those who have made the awards a reality,” said British Baker editor Vince Bamford.“Each year, the judging becomes increasingly challenging and this year was no exception. So our thanks go to our sponsors, expert judges and the bakers and businesses who enter the awards, without whom this event simply could not happen.”See below for a list of the 11 category winners – click on each one to see a profile of the winner and the finalists in each category.Baker of the Year – Aidan Monks, Lovingly Artisan, CumbriaThe Bakery Innovation Award – Kombucha Sourdough, Lovingly Artisan, CumbriaBakery Manufacturer of the Year – Wrights Foods, StaffordshireCelebration Cake Business of the Year – Shuga Budz, WolverhamptonFree-from Bakery Product of the Year – Vegan Vegetable Quiche, Taylors Artisan Free-From Bakers & Pie Makers, StaffordshireOutstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry – Paul Heygate, Heygates Mills and Fine Lady BakeriesSpeciality Bread Product of the Year – Beetroot Multiseed Sourdough, Seasons Bakery, North YorkshireSupermarket Bakery Business of the Year – Marks & SpencerThe Craft Bakery Business Award – Reeve the Baker, WiltshireThe Customer Focus Award – Great British Biscotti Co, DorsetThe Rising Star Award – Megan Roberts, AB Mauri
It was not just the boxing world that was enthralled by what happened at the Staples Center, though.NBA superstar LeBron James — who calls the venue home now as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers — branded the bout the “funniest/craziest thing” he’s seen!Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I’ve ever seen in my life. What the H-E-L-L just happened?!?!?!— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 2, 2018The good news for LeBron and the rest of us is that both Fury and Wilder suggested they would be keen for a rematch next year. Join DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 100 fight nights a yearFury was the busier of the two throughout, but WBC champion Wilder recorded two knockdowns, the second of them coming in a dramatic 12th round when his rival appeared to be out for the count, only to miraculously rise in time to carry on through to the final bell.The boxing world was understandably impressed by what they witnessed — and a split-decision draw opens up the possibility of the pair doing it all over again in 2019.Heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis made the comparison to his first fight with Evander Holyfield back in March 1999, which also ended in the same result, though the former won their rematch 10 months later.Lewis tweeted: “Just goes to show how hard it is for a Brit to come to America and take someone’s belt even tho [sic] that’s what we clearly saw. Big up to @Tyson_Fury who never ceases to amaze me. Hold ur [sic] head high!”He also praised Fury’s performance, adding: “I just saw @Tyson_Fury come back from drugs, depression, two years of inactivity and massive weight loss to outbox the WBC Heavyweight champion, who was gifted a draw! In a rematch, I can only imagine that he will be even better prepared.”This #WilderFury judging takes me back to my first fight with @holyfield Just goes to show how hard it is for a Brit to come to America and take someone’s belt even tho that’s what we clearly saw. Big up to @Tyson_Fury who never ceases to amaze me. Hold ur head high! — Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) December 2, 2018However, another famous name felt Wilder should have won after he “brought the fight all night.” That was the opinion of George Foreman, who also credited Fury for doing a “great job” in what was just his third outing since beating Wladimir Klitschko just over three years ago,Wilder brought the fight all night. Fury did a great job “ShowTime”; but he didn’t Win tonight. Stop indoctrinating. We see what see— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) December 2, 2018Andre Ward branded the 115-111 scorecard in Wilder’s favor as “terrible” but was not completely surprised by the outcome. After all, this is the sport of boxing.The two-weight world champion posted: “A draw, I understand (even tho I feel Fury won by a 2 or 3 rds). With 2 knockdowns & round here or there for Wilder and you have a draw in some people’s eyes. But 115-111 for Wilder is terrible, just terrible !! That’s what’s wrong with boxing. Fury’s stock went up !!!!!”Hmmmm.— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) December 2, 2018Fury appeared to be knocked out cold in the final round before somehow rising in time to continue.His powers of recovery certainly impressed WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who compared the Briton to a famous WWE wrestler: “He got knocked out and got up like the Undertaker”.He got knocked out and got up like the undertaker— Terence Crawford (@budcrawford402) December 2, 2018Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to seeing a second chapter in the Wilder-Fury story after watching “two great heavyweights trading shots”.”Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns! Can’t wait to see the rematch,” Pacquaio wrote.What a fight! Two great heavyweights trading shots. #WilderFury— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) December 2, 2018Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 After plenty of bad blood in the buildup, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury let their fists do the talking in their heavyweight bout on Saturday.The two big men combined to put on a spectacle for both the Staples Center crowd and a global audience watching on in their homes, though the judges did their best to spoil it with their confusing scorecards.