LORNE baker John Leontiades is the best apprentice baker in Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Leontiades represented Victoria and won the 2012 LA Judge Memorial Award in Sydney this week.
Mr Leontiades competed in the three-day event where he and other state representatives tested their baking skills, technical knowledge and communication.
The 22-year-old has been baking since he was a child.
“I grew up in the back of a bakery” Mr Leontiades said.
His family has owned the Louttit Bay Bakery for more than 20 years, so baking comes naturally to the winning baker.
“Winning the LA Judge Memorial award was a shock, I never go into a competition expecting to win anything, so it was a real shock,” Mr Leontiades said.
He said the industry had offered him opportunities after winning the most prestigious apprentice baker’s award in Australasia, but he was unsure of what he wanted to do with his career.
“At the moment it’s still early days, I haven’t given it much thought, but the world is my oyster,” Mr Leontiades said.
He said he was happy working with his father Loukas at the family’s bakery, the team is proud of his success.
“As a parent to teach your children and then have their work recognised is an honour,” Mr Leontiades senior said.