The Bread & Beyond team has walked away with a pair of prizes from an awards ceremony which celebrates the very best of baking in the UK.

Our team of Dylan Needham, Laura Parker and Scott Thompson, pictured above, won two prizes in the Tiptree World Bread Awards Heroes with Brook Food 2021 in a ceremony held virtually on Tuesday, 19 October.

The trio, as the Bread & Beyond team, won:

  • The South East region Tiptree World Bread Awards Heroes with Brook Food
  • Brook Food Dream Team award, a Special Award category presented

Artisan Bakery Manager Dylan, Job Coach Laura and Baker/ Job Coach Scott have worked closely together over the past year to expand Bread & Beyond’s pool of stockists, diversify the product range and, most importantly, help young people with complex autism to develop the skills they need to get access to the world of work in the future.

Awards judge Ann Wells, Commercial Director at Brook Food, said:

Judging the Brook Food Dream Team award was an honour. Reading the entries was humbling, and in the case of our winner completely inspiring; with Bread & Beyond they practise ‘teamwork’ in its truest form. The concept is derived from seeking the best in individuals and bringing these together as a group to achieve something that’s progressive, wholesome and most importantly sustainable in terms of the bakery and the team members – they were a very obvious winner and their notion is admirable.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, young people at Prior’s Court have continuously accessed the Bread & Beyond to develop their skillsets, with notable progress being made for many bakers such as Oliver and Harry.

Sara Evans, Prior’s Court’s Education Lead for Post-16 who oversees Bread & Beyond’s operations, said:

We’ve always known we have an outstanding team, but this pair of awards really highlights that fact. The past year has been tough for all of us, but the dedication and passion of Dylan, Scott and Laura has never wavered and the achievements of young people from Prior’s Court are testament to that. A huge congratulations to the team.

Prior’s Court is looking to explore external work placement opportunities for the young bakers of Bread & Beyond and so is keen to hear from bakeries in the West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire areas who would be interested in supporting us. Contact Nickie Dunphy on 07720 212600 or [email protected] if you would like to find out more.

While our bakery shop is not open to the general public, our products are available at a number of outlets across the West Berkshire area, including Stockcross Village Stores; Aldbourne Post Office; Londis Chieveley Village Stores; and the Berkshire branch of the National Animal Welfare Trust in Great Shefford. We also supply all the bread and baked goods on the Prior’s Court site, catering for around 90 young people and 500 staff members.

Artisan Bakery Manager Dylan was named in the Special Mentions Roll of Honour in the 2020 Tiptree World Bread Awards Heroes with Brook Food.

For more information about the awards scheme, go to worldbreadawards.com.