2023 King of Bakers Bread Show - Toowoomba Royal Show

2023 Toowoomba Royal Show King of Bakers Bread Show

The 2023 King of Bakers Bread Show and presentation dinner was held on Friday 3 March at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. As a long-term sponsor for the event the National Baking Industry Association (NBIA) was proud to attended and work with the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland to recognise and reward excellence in baking.

This year’s competition included 43 categories across bread, cakes, meat pies, sausage rolls, pasties, lamingtons, lemon tarts, and donuts. Major awards included the King of Bakers Championship, Most Successful Cake Exhibitor (sponsored by All About Bakery Equipment), Most Successful Bread Exhibitor (sponsored by Australian Bakels), Most Successful 1st and 2nd Year Apprentice (sponsored by Woolworths Supermarkets), Most Successful 3rd and 4th Year Apprentice (sponsored by Woolworths Supermarkets), Best Speciality Bread (sponsored by Kialla Pure Foods), Champion Loaf (sponsored by Lesaffre Australia), Commercial Bread (sponsored by Mauri), Toowoomba Cup (sponsored by Moffat Bakery Equipment), and Feature Product of the Show (sponsored by TRS Refrigeration and Catering Equipment). Regional awards included the Regional Shield (sponsored by Allied Pinnacle), Regional Bread Award (sponsored by NBIA), and the Regional Cake Award (sponsored by Manildra Group).

Judging commenced at 9am and with more than 700 individual entries the judges had a big day ahead of themselves. Chief Steward Mark Dennien said “It’s been another very successful year for the 2023 King of Bakers Bread Show here in Toowoomba, the entrants have really raised the quality bar this year. A Double Married Loaf, one of the more traditional product categories, takes a high degree of skill to produce and has proven to be the pinnacle of this year’s show”.

The presentation dinner started at 5.30pm with roughly 80 attendees from various local bakeries, sponsors, and a number of competitors from Brisbane and even Byron Bay! The popularity of this baking show is a tribute to the excellent manner by which it is run. A pleasant evening was experienced by all who attended with a delicious two course meal and lots of cheering, congratulating, and catching up. Congratulations to all who competed and to the winners of the major and regional awards. Below are the major award and regional winners and the full results.


King of the Bakers Championship

Uncle Bob’s Bakery

Most Successful Cake Exhibitor

Antony’s Bakery

Most Successful Bread Exhibitor

Uncle Bob’s Bakery

Most Successful 1st & 2nd Year Apprentice

Chris McCarty (Antony’s Bakery)

Most Successful 3rd & 4th Year Apprentice

Christine Walker (Uncle Bob’s Bakery)

Best Speciality Bread

Mr Sourdough

Champion Loaf

Uncle Bob’s Bakery (1800g White Married)

Toowoomba Cup

Uncle Bob’s Bakery

Commercial Bread

Bakery Cakery

Feature Product of the Show

Uncle Bob’s Bakery

Regional Shield

Antony’s Bakery

Regional Bread Award

Theo’s Bakery

Regional Cake Award

Antony’s Bakery


On behalf of all who competed we would like to thank Damon Phillips (Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland) who did a tremendous job of organising the entire event, collating the results, and MCing the evening. Thank you to Jae Thomas (Allied Pinnacle), Leif Madsen (EOI Peerless Foods), Stewart Evans (Allied Pinnacle), Bruce Pearson (Goodman Fielder), Mark Dennien (NBIA & Lallemand), Chris Hurford (BITA), Brad Dance (Moffat Bakery Equipment), and John Watt (LBExport) for giving their time and expertise in judging the competition.

We would also like to thank Allied Pinnacle, Australian Bakels, National Baking Industry Association, TRS Refrigeration & Catering Equipment, Woolworths Supermarkets Queensland, Mr Rod Stirling AM, All About Bakery Equipment, Mauri, Lesaffre Australia Pacific, Cec Willersdorf Family, Moffat Bakery Equipment, Manildra Group, Kialla Pure Foods, MOI International, EOI Peerless Foods, and Brumby’s Wyalla Plaza for sponsoring the 2023 King of Bakers Bread Show.

The NBIA recommends entering baking competitions as receiving awards provides proof that your business is producing award level baked goods. If you are interested in entering some baking competitions but don’t know where to start, please call the NBIA Membership Hotline for assistance (1300 557 022).