Jake the Baker Award 2016, and the winner is…
By Doug Picklyk
Toronto — Runner-up no more, this year’s winner of the Jake the Baker Award is Joanna Schultz, owner of Pikanik in White Rock, BC. Schultz was thrilled to receive the news.
“This is my third year entering, and I was laughing last year when my friend said, ‘You’re like the Susan Lucci of this contest, always coming in as the runner up,’” said Schultz upon hearing she had won this year.
With over a dozen bakeries vying for the 2016 award, Pikanik impressed the judges with its innovative approach to business in all categories including operations, product innovation, marketing and community involvement.
With the victory, Schultz will receive an award plaque, an all-expenses-paid trip to Toronto for Bakery Showcase (May 1-3) and a cover story in the July issue of Bakers Journal.
“It makes me feel really proud to be acknowledged within the profession by my peers,” she said. “I think what we’re doing out here is unique, and I’m excited that more people are going to hear about it.”
Congratulations to Pikanik, and thank you to all of the other worthy entrants in this year’s Jake the Baker contest.
The Jake the Baker Award is generously suppored by our industry partners Ardent Mills and Baker’s & Us.