A woman who founded her own bakery to solve her son’s food allergy problems has won a major prize at this year’s Baking Industry Awards.
Valeria Mizuno-Turner, director of the Incredible Bakery Company at Moorfield Farm, Brigstock, beat off stiff competition from the upper crust of the British baking industry to capture the Free-From Bakery Product of the Year Award with her Incredible Onion Panini.
Her achievements were recognised last night in front of more than 800 industry guests at a gala awards ceremony at London’s Park Lane Hilton, as she was presented with the award by television presenter and star of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing Claudia Winkleman, and Alan MacDougall from the award’s sponsor, Ingredion.
Valeria discovered her son, Leon, suffered from multiple food allergies eight years ago and this inspired her to start her own bakery and create delicious food he could eat.
It led to the development of a range of breads, rolls, cakes and dry products including her prize-winning panini.
She said: “We strive to create products with equivalent taste, moistness, appearance and nutritional qualities as conventional products and we avoid all 14 common food allergens so everything is suitable for coeliacs and vegans.
“We wanted something with flavour. It’s low in saturated fat and high in fibre.
“The ingredients include onions, white and brown rice flour, chickpea flour, rice bran and potato and tapioca starches.
“Everything is freshly-baked with a shelf life of five to 10 days ambient, or three months frozen.”