Ellen hopes to rise to the occasion in national awards 

Apprentice baker, Ellen Trezise is set to be the first Territorian to compete in the history of the prestigious LA Judge Memorial Awards

A young apprentice will go where no other Territorian has gone before when she represents the NT at the prestigious 2011 LA Judge Memorial Awards in Sydney.

Apprentice baker with Charles Darwin University’s Commercial Cookery and Bakery division, Ellen Trezise will be the awards first entrant from the Northern Territory when she dons her competition apron in late May.

The 20-year-old part-time baker with Bakers Delight Palmerston, said that while the opportunity to fly the Territory flag was a great opportunity it was also a little daunting.

“I’ve been told that more than 170 industry guests from around Australia and New Zealand will be at the competition, which of course is a great chance to impress, but it also means that the pressure will be on,” she said.

“Everyone at the uni and Bakers Delight have been fantastic, so fingers crossed I can do them and the NT proud.”

CDU Bakery lecturer Robert Schwerdt said Ellen and her competitors would be evaluated over a three-day period in areas such as bread plant operations, flour milling, practical demonstration skills, sensory evaluation, trade calculations, bread centrepiece and an oral presentation.

“It is a hugely intensive and demanding competition designed to find Australia and New Zealand’s best all-round representative for our trade,” he said.

“We’re all confident that Ellen can do the job and achieve a great result in the NT’s first showing.”

The 2011 LA Judge Memorial Awards will be held from the 24-26 May.