Elmore Bakery baker/pastry chef in training Linette Moore has taken out second prize in the Merbein Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph this week.
The first year apprentice beat out more experienced rivals with her traditional vanilla slice.
She said a passion for her craft made all the hard work – and 2am starts – worthwhile.
“There’s lot of hard work that goes into it all the time but in this kind of a trade you have to love what you do because we’re up quite early,” she said.
Ms Moore said the guidance of Elmore Bakery part owner and baker/pastry chef, Nathan Bowes, had helped give her the edge.
“(He) puts in a lot of time to help me and teach me the way he does things,” she said.
“I guess you could say that I’ve got some pretty good teachers out here.”
For his part Mr Bowes said taking pride in her work and a desire to do well set Ms Moore in good stead for a career in the industry.
“I’d say she’s definitely a stand out,” he said.
“It’s something she wants to make a career out of, so it’s like anything, when you want to do it as a career you’re always going to push yourself to achieve that little bit better.”