Brighton’s best bakehouse continues to win awards

PROUD owners Scott and Natasha Donaghy are extremely pleased with the results their bakery has achieved in both state and national bakery competitions.

In the past eight months Brighton’s Best Bakehouse has been successful in two bakery competitions.

Best Bakehouse owners Scott left, and Natasha Donaghy, right, with bakers Jason Mizzen and Darren Boucher.
Best Bakehouse owners Scott left, and Natasha Donaghy, right, with bakers Jason Mizzen and Darren Boucher.

In October 2009 Scott and Natasha were successful at the State Bakery Industry Awards, winning both the best meat pie and best gourmet pie awards.

The gourmet pie award was won with their chilli con carne pie.  The couple change their gourmet pie selection depending on seasonal produce, and their customers can always expect a delicious offering.

At the national baking competition held at the Sydney expo in June, Brighton’s Best Bakehouse was awarded a first prize for a savoury quiche baked by Jason Mizzen.

They also won a second prize for a wholemeal married loaf, created by Darren Boucher and Jeremy Lathouras (Darren did the shaping and Jeremy baked the loaf). This was an excellent result as they competed against 280 entries.

Scott and Natasha are extremely proud of the baking efforts and focused customer service provided by all their staff on a daily basis.

They believe that encouraging their staff to enter these competitions benefits everyone: the bakers get recognition for their achievements, the bakery benefits from producing award winning products and most importantly the customers benefit by being able to purchase quality items.

Scott and Natasha have owned the Brighton’s Best Bakehouse for the past 2two and a half years.

Scott gave up his accounting practice to run the business, while Natasha, who is responsible for quality control in the bakery, works part time in a second job.  She also happens to be a busy wife and mother.  The couple has three sons, Adam, 17, and seven-year-old twins TJ and Liam.

Since purchasing the business the Donaghy’s have become a part of the Brighton community and are proud that the Bakehouse has been referred to by Mayor, Tony Foster, as being “our bakery”.

Their involvement in the community is demonstrated by their support of several organisations, including Loui’s Van – by donating bread every week  – the Asthma Foundation, and each Anzac Day an RSL branch is selected to receive support.

Since buying the bakehouse Scott and Natasha have completed an extension to the building to provide more seating capacity to meet the need for a place for people to meet and have coffee.  It is not unusual to see a politician or business people having brief meetings over coffee in the expanded café section of the store.