A Cotswold baker is celebrating after being crowned one of the nation's best.

Michael Engler of Daylesford Organic, near Moreton, was one of the big winners at this year's Tiptree World Bread Awards.

Stars of the bread-baking world gathered together, for the first time in three years, at St John’s Church, Hyde Park, London on Wednesday for the much-anticipated announcement of this year’s winners.

Stephen Hallam, chair of the judges, declared Mr Engler the winner of the fruit category for his ‘Organic Fruit Bread’.

Cotswold Journal: Judging gets underway at the World Bread Awards. Credit: GNSJudging gets underway at the World Bread Awards. Credit: GNS (Image: Gloucestershire News Service)

The loaf, which Daylesford Organic say is one of their most-loved products, is densely packed with apricots, raisins & walnuts.

Mr Engler's winning creation was one of just under 500 loaves submitted to the awards from around the United Kingdom. 

“Seeing the high quality of the loaves submitted into this year’s Awards, it is hugely satisfying to know the skill and passion for baking good bread here in the UK is not only in good hands, but has to bode well for the successful future of our Craft,” said the chair of the judges, Mr Hallam.

Tiptree World Bread Awards with Brook Food, launched in January 2013, is open to all bakers: amateur and professional, young and old.

“What a joy to be back in the ‘real’ world,” said Caroline Kenyon, director of the awards.