Cobram’s Hungie Fangs Artisan Bakery has been rewarded for its core product, finishing third in the white loaf category at the Victorian Bakery Association Awards.
The Deakin Bakery in Mildura took out first prize.
Hungie Fangs’ fine achievement is made more astounding by the fact it was the first time it had entered the awards.
The bakery has been operating for less than two years.
The bakery also finished in the top 20 for pies and pasties and the top 35 in the Great Australian Hot Cross Bun competition.
‘‘Just to break into such a competition was massive,’’ Hungie Fangs co-owner Lina Galati said.
Ms Galati said entering the competition was something her partner and Hungie Fangs baker Damien Gow had always wanted to do.
She said not only was it great the bakery was recognised for its products, but it would also help improve the food because each product received feedback from the judges.
While stoked with third place, Ms Galati is aiming even higher in the future.
‘‘Hopefully next year we can improve on our bread and come first,’’ she said.
Ms Galati and Mr Gow were both born and bred in Cobram.
Ms Galati said she understood how important it was to provide a great service for the community.
‘‘The customers that come in for the first time will tell us how amazing it is here,’’ she said.
‘‘They just can’t believe how many products we have on display and how nice it is. Customer service is our biggest thing here and something we really pride ourselves on.’’
Check out the popular bread at Hungie Fangs Artisan Bakery at 10 William St, Cobram.