A HORSHAM bakery has won a national baking competition for its bread.
The Oven Door Bakery won first place in the best multigrain condensed loaf, best multigrain high tin loaf and four strand plait in the first National Baking Competition, held in Melbourne from June 25 to 27.
The bakery also received a second place in the tank loaf category and third in the savoury breadscrolls.
The success comes after the bakery's success at the Victorian Bread Show and apprentice Kane McCallum winning the University of Ballarat's apprentice of the year.
Owner James Henwood said management and staff at the bakery were excited to win the competition.
"Achieving three first places, one second and one third shows that the talent of our bakers is among the best in the country, an achievement of which we can all be proud," he said.
"Bench marking our locally produced bread against some of the nation's best bakers is important to ensure we are providing our customers with the best quality product possible."
Mr Henwood said the two bakers, two pastry cooks and school-based apprentice always strove to produce top-quality products.
"Providing Horsham with the best quality products available is a challenge we don't take lightly," he said.
Mr Henwood said the bakery now had its sights set on success at the Victorian Bread Show in November and Ouyen's vanilla slice competition.