Bakers aim for slice of perfection

APPRENTICE baker Hayley Kellett has been learning from an experienced hand ahead of Saturday’s Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph in Merbein.
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Apprentice baker Hayley Kellett and her boss Dean Picken, owner of The Deakin Bakery, put the finishing touches on a lovingly created treat ahead of Saturday’s Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph. The pair said victory in this year’s contest would be the icing on the top. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

The budding baker from The Deakin Bakery will enter the event’s apprentice category for the first time this year under the guidance of her boss Dean Picken.

Professional bakers, apprentices, students and amateurs from around the country will bake-off on Saturday with high-profile judges to decide who produces the best take on an Aussie icon.

Now in her second year as a baker, Ms Kellett was keen to test her skills against her peers from some of the finest bakeries in Victoria and interstate.

“I’m feeling pretty good about it,” she said.

As the Deakin Avenue bakery’s owner and manager, Mr Picken knows full well what it takes to make the perfect vanilla slice and was hopeful his bakery would share in the glory.

But he admitted producing the best slice on show was a challenge, simply because so many people at the event wanted to tuck into some tasty treats too.

Come Saturday, Mr Picken will be working at his bakery to carefully craft his competition entry while making batches of fresh vanilla slices to be couriered to Merbein for hungry event-goers.

“It’s just a flat-out day because we have a stall out there and we’re trying to keep up with demand. Last year we sold close to 2000 slices,” he said.

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