Marie McCarthy wins National Brown Bread Baking Competition

Marie McCarthy wins National Brown Bread Baking Competition in association with Aldi

McCarthy’s bread will be on sale in Aldi stores for one year



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16 September 2020

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Marie McCarthy from Carrigaline, Co. Cork is the winner of The National Brown Bread Baking Competition.

As winner of the competition, which is run by Aldi and in association with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA), McCarthy will receive a guaranteed cash prize of €15,000 and her bread will be sold in 143 Aldi stores nationwide for a year.

Relaunched six years ago by the NPA, this year’s event was a huge success over 700 entries, making it the most successful year to date. Open to all members of the public, entrants were asked to drop their freshly baked bread to Aldi stores on certain dates, with the breads then judged by a panel, and four contestants making it through to the final.

The four finalists were:

  • Marie McCarthy from Carrigaline, Co. Cork
  • Aisling O’Toole from Monasterevin, Co. Kildare
  • Marie Doherty from Ballymote, Co. Sligo
  • Kathrina Ruddock from Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim

The final was held at Cooks Academy in Dublin where McCarthy rose to the challenge and emerged victorious. McCarthy was commended by the judges for her brown bread’s overall appearance, texture, and all important taste. The bread is sure to be popular with Aldi customers nationwide.

“I am thrilled to have won the National Brown Bread Baking Competition this year,” said McCarthy. “I spent much of the lockdown perfecting my brown bread and it has certainly paid off! I can’t wait to see my loaf on all Aldi shelves nationwide in the near future!”

“We are delighted to continue our association with The National Brown Bread Baking Competition again this year and to be able to host the competition during these challenging times,” said group buying director at Aldi Ireland, John Curtin.

“Even though the competition couldn’t take place at the National Ploughing Championships, we still wanted to ensure that Ireland’s best bakers had the chance to take part in this fantastic competition. We would like to thank all of the participants who took part this year, their considerable effort in baking and then dropping samples at our locations nationwide. Massive congratulations to Marie McCarthy on winning and we look forward to seeing her winning recipe on sale at all 143 stores nationwide very soon.”



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