Mitch named top apprentice
Wednesday, 22nd July, 2015
Cheral Scott remembers fondly teaching her grandson Mitch the basics of baking when he was growing up in Broken Hill.
“He would always be at my place and we would get the tins out ... and he would enjoy it,” Ms Scott recalled yesterday.
Clearly those early cooking classes proved good grounding for Mitch who recently was crowned TAFE South Australia’s Bread Apprentice of the Year.
In fact, the third year apprentice baker has proven to be a bit of an all-rounder after also finishing runner-up Pastry Apprentice of the Year in the SA Excellence in Baking awards.
Ms Scott said Mitch’s passion for baking was really cemented when the family moved to Goolwa, where she and her late husband Darryl operated a takeaway store.
The couple sold up and moved back to Broken Hill but Mitch stayed on.
“He made friends with the new owner and started working after school at the bakery and he did so well they offered him an apprenticeship.”
That was after he completed year 9 and the 17-year-old has been at Heritage Pies and Pasties at Goolwa ever since.
“His real thing is bread; he’s got the passion and talent for bread,” said Ms Scott, who has owned a local cafe and cooked at a number of local hotels and clubs over the years.
She said Mitch would one day like to travel overseas and “go through all the bakeries” before finding a job on a cruise ship.