SEASONS Bakery in Ingleton is celebrating after every one of its entries into the annual Great Taste Awards was named a winner.

Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink, and has been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world.

And, Seasons, owned by baker Daniel Nemeth, was amongst the less than 40 per cent of entrants from across the world to receive an award. There were 12,772 products entered this year, only 208 received the highest and most coveted three stars, followed by 1,326 foods grabbing two stars and 3,409 were awarded one star.

The bakery, which specialises in sourdough, entered a range of products, from staples such as white and multi-seed and some of Daniel’s more complex recipes such as pear and Stilton and chilli and cheese . Six were awarded one star - which means ‘simply delicious’ , while the bakery’s Christmas and toasted malt and rye sourdoughs were awarded two star awards recognising them as ‘outstanding – above and beyond delicious’.

Commenting on the Christmas loaf, the judges said: “This loaf has obviously been made with love which you can taste in every mouthful. Amazing evenly distribution of fruit - it is a design classic.”

Its turning out to be a good year for Daniel and his team; he is also a finalist in this year’s Baking Industry Awards with his Beetroot Sourdough – named Britain’s Best Loaf in 2017. He believes that much of his success comes through his use of traditional techniques that mean each loaf can take three days to knead, prove and bake to perfection.

“Making beautiful bread takes time and patience. It can’t be rushed and you have to put the effort in to achieve the perfect results,” he said.

He is regularly asked to give talks and demonstrations across the country and loves sharing his passion for baking with others.

His latest venture, The School of Artisan Food, starts in October. The school, opposite the bakery, will run courses.

“I get asked all the time about the process, the flavours, hints and tips and so on and I really enjoy helping others to understand and learn about great bread, so it seemed a natural next step for me to be able to offer a chance to get ‘hands on’ and make their own,” he said.

To find out more, visit the bakery at the i-centre.