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Captain's Bakery and Hammonds Win ‘Best Bunna Man Title’

Published:Thursday | April 4, 2019 | 3:02 PM
Participants (From left) Brandon James, Peter Wong, Donaski Foster, and Stacio Green rivaled in the bun eating contest.
Judges (From left) Reynard Ramon, 2018 J.F.Mill's Scholarship winner, Marcia Fraser-Cummings and Winston Piper, lecturers at UTech were all smiles, as popular hostess Miss Kitty teased for final results.
From left - Hostess Miss Kitty, was delighted to announce the winner of J.F.Mills King of Buns Competition, while Winston Piper, Chief Judge, Donna Sharpe, General Manager at J.F.Mills and Alister Gorden were excited as they reviewed the results.
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It was pure excitement, heavy vanilla aroma and decadent tastings, as The Jamaica Flour Mills hosted the King of Buns competition at the School of Hospitality, University of Technology (UTech) on Tuesday. After hours of preparation, friendly rivalry and interactive sessions with the day’s host, Miss Kitty, The Captain's Bakery copped the title of the best healthy bun alongside Hammonds Bakery who won the traditional bun category award.

"It has been an excellent product over the years and we had confidence in it entering the competition, and hope to capitalise on this win," said Russell Hammond of Hammond’s Bakery.

He disclosed that preparations for them began from March 26, out of that batch, six buns were selected for competition.

Captain and Hammond came out on top, a total of 13 participants including Golden Loaf Bakery- Ocho Rios, St Ann, Chucks Bakery- St Anns Bay, St Ann, Coleville Bakery-Manchester, Young Sang Bakery –Morant Bay , St Thomas, Top Loaf-Mandeville Manchester, Jimmy’s Bakery-Montego Bay, St James, Regal Bakery- Montego Bay, St James, Maxfield Bakery-Kingston, Newtown Bakery-Kingston and AML-Port Maria.

The 60-year-old Golden Loaf Baking, known for producing over 175 baked products, was the second place winner in both the Health and Traditional Categories, while Top Loaf, made the third place title for both Health and Traditional Categories.

Judges Marcia Fraser-Cummings, Winston Piper, lecturers at UTech and Reynard Ramon, 2018 J.F.Mills scholarship winner, critiqued unlabeled buns, by tasting and feeling the texture of each. Audience members got particularly excited when they were asked to plunge into the fun of competing against each other in a bun-eating contest. This consisted of four male rivals - Brandon James, Peter Wong, Donaski Foster and Stacio Green; students at the University of Technology and a visitor from China. They eagerly devoured the delicious buns, as onlookers cheered them on.

 

The J.F. Mills Kings of Bun competition started in 2006 with the sole purpose of creating a space for bakers to participate and feel a sense of togetherness.

 

“We always encourage friendly rivalry amongst bakers from different parishes,”said Donna Sharpe, general mnanager at Jamaica Flour Mills. “This initiative forces each bakery to bring their best. We are happy for the interest it has generated this year!”

 

Categories:

 

Traditional Bun Category

1. Trophy and 20 bags bakery flour ($72K) Applied Baking Technology (online) Course at American Institute of Baking (AIB)

2. Certificate and 10 bags bakery flour ($36K)

3. Certificate and 5 bags bakery flour ($18K)

 

Reduced Sugar Bun Category

1. Trophy and 20 bags bakery flour ($72K) Applied Baking Technology (online) Course at American Institute of Baking (AIB)

2. Certificate and 10 bags bakery flour ($36K)

3. Certificate and 5 bags bakery flour ($18K)

 

All participants are entitled to a 5% discount on all flour purchases of 100 bags and over for the month of April.

 

Winners

 

Traditional Easter Bun

1st Place - Hammonds Pastry Place

2nd Place - Golden Loaf Bakery

3rd Place - Top Loaf Bakery and Young Sang Bakery

 

 

Reduced Sugar Bun

1st Place - Captain's Bakery

2nd Place - Golden loaf

3rd Place - Top Loaf