Bakery challenge claims record

PARKES farmer Neil Unger and baker Morten Staer are the proud owners of a Guinness World Record.

Producing 13 loaves of bread from standing wheat in the paddock to the final product in 18 minutes, 11 seconds was the record held by a United Kingdom baker.

But in a paddock near the Parkes Radio Telescope on Friday, in front of a huge crowd, Mr Unger and Mr Staer smashed the mark by almost two minutes.

The new world record is 16 minutes, 30.87 seconds and three eminent judges – leader of the Nationals Warren Truss, radio broadcaster Alan Jones and Parkes mayor Ken Keith - were there to make sure it was all official.

The man behind the paddock to plate event, Mr Unger, banged a hammer on a plough disc to officially start the record attempt.

The judges started their stopwatches and a huge header went into the paddock to harvest the wheat.

It stopped near a tabletop truck loaded with all the milling equipment and an oven.

There was a quick dash from the header with a bucket of grain to the milling equipment, which quickly produced flour.

Mr Staer then went to work producing dough for the 13 loaves of bread.

That was placed onto 13 trays and placed in a portable oven, constructed especially for the attempt.

The time it took to start the harvester and place the loaves into the oven was just 4.25 minutes.

Then came a wait of 11.5 minutes for the loaves to be baked.

The crowd watched anxiously as Mr Jones and MC Barry Green counted down the minutes, then the seconds, for the oven to be opened and the loaves to be produced.

When the loaves were placed on a large table the, three judges stopped their clocks, within hundredths of a second of each other – with the official average time of 16 minutes, 30.87 seconds.

"We’re the record holders, and we going to give it another go next year to see if we can go even better," Mr Unger said.

"Or we’ll try the individual record, with Morten having to do everything himself, no assistance at all."

The world record attempt was held “so we could take it off the Poms,” but also to raise funds for Currajong Disability Services (CDS), of which Neil is president.

* The bread was quite tasty and certainly edible. Portions of the bread were handed around to the crowd and and Mr Jones even described it as "magnificent, you don’t even need butter".

NEW RECORD: Judges Warren Truss, Alan Jones and Ken Keith keep a close eye on their stopwatches.

NEW RECORD: Judges Warren Truss, Alan Jones and Ken Keith keep a close eye on their stopwatches.


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