Local baker rises to the top
IT is business as usual for Portland baker Kim Hol of the Bakehouse, despite winning seven awards at the annual National Artisan Baking Competition on June 7.
Mrs Hol won the categories of best traditional white sourdough, open sourdough (Yambuk wattleseed), croissants and speciality viennoiserie (pain aux raisin) – a sweet chocolate, raisin scroll.
Additionally, she took out the overall champion awards for sourdough, croissants and viennoiserie.
She said while the recognition is great, the awards are not the reason for getting out of bed each morning.
“It was great to put our sourdough and pastries up against some of Melbourne’s best bakeries,” Mrs Hol said.
“But it’s more important to us to provide great, healthy and affordable bread for our locals.
“All our products including our croissants and pastries are made following traditional long fermentation methods resulting in a product that is much better for your gut health and well-being.”
Mrs Hol was able to attend part of the show in Melbourne on June 7; however, she raced back to Portland that night to continue baking for her own customers and fulfil orders in Portland, Heywood, Hamilton and Port Fairy.
The business currently operates out of the rear kitchen of 33 Percy St Portland, and plans to move into a new premise later this year.