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Cheadle Bread Basket owners Keren and Keith Master travelled 'around the world on a scone' after winning a California Raisin competition

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

  • The award winning scones

  • Keren Master at The Bread Basket in Cheadle.

  • Keren and Keith during their visit to the Grand Canyon. Inset top, Keith preparing scones during their visit to America. Inset, Keren at the couple's shop in Cheadle.

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THE owners of a Cheadle bakery have been "around the world on a scone" after winning a national competition.

Keren and Keith Master, who run The Bread Basket in Tape Street car park with their daughter Aimee and 14 other staff, won an all expenses paid trip of a lifetime to America after entering a competition for California Raisins with their scone recipe.

The couple were selected initially as one of 63 finalists to take part in a baking competition in Malvern, Wales, where they won the first prize in the scone category.

They were then jetted off to Las Vegas to represent the UK, along with the winners in the other three categories of the competition, to take part in the second largest bakery exhibition in the world, along with winners from America and Asia.

The couple then headed off to Fresno in California, where the raisins are grown for the California Raisins company, before visiting San Francisco and the Grand Canyon.

The trip culminated in them cooking their scones to be displayed and sampled by raisin growers, packers and members at the Raisin Administrative Committee awards dinner.

Keren and Keith have been baking for 60 years between them, having met at a supermarket in Cheadle, Cheshire.

They worked all over the country at various bakeries before coming to Cheadle in Staffordshire and opening their own bakery four years ago.

Keren said: "We only entered the competition as a joke and never expected to win, as it was only a paper recipe entry, so we were shocked but very pleased.

"It's the first competition we've ever entered, so we're surprised we won.

"We decided to enter because it's only done every three years and the prize was definitely worthwhile having a go at. It's just a shame we couldn't have stayed longer and seen more of America.

"It was amazing; we got to travel around the world on a scone and we picked up a lot of tips and recipe ideas.

"There were winners there from around the world.

"All in all there were people from 13 different countries."

As another part of the their prize, the couple will be going to London in May to bake their scones for the Craft Bakers Association Cream Tea in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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