The pair teamed up recently and won the Bake Skills Australia National Teams Competition – a gruelling test of the skills and staying power of fledgling bakers and pastry chefs from across the country.
The competition was held over five days, with teams producing a table full of themed baked goods across 26 categories – including croissants, cakes, flans and breads.
Mr Reminis and Ms Timpano created an Alice in Wonderland-themed table, with giant pretzels moulded in the shape of skeleton keys, brioche shaped as mushrooms and a towering chocolate sculpture complete with a mad
Mr Reminis is no stranger to receiving gold medals for his baking. He works with his father John senior at Bakehouse Delights bakery in East Nowra. Last year the bakery won Australia’s best pie.
Over the course of his three-year apprenticeship he has won all but one regional, state and national baking award. He came second in the World Skills award but plans to tackle it again later this year.
Bake Skills Australia was a massive event pitting the country’s best against each other.
“On the Monday we did well, then on the Tuesday we had a shocking day and I thought we were gone. But then on the next two days we did well again,” he said.
Over the five days of competing and judging the pair earned 24,000 points and in the end won just 90 points ahead of the runners-up from Melbourne.
The Bake Skills competition was held in conjunction with the Fine Food Awards and Expo.
Part of the event was the Great Australian Pie competition.
John Reminis senior entered eight different flavoured pies and came away with one gold and seven silver certificates.
John Reminis junior also scored gold for one of his pies.