Carterton baker Michael Kloeg resembles something of a friendly giant – six-foot-plus, ever-present smile, always keen to help.
Yet beneath the gentle exterior is a burning competitive streak. This week, Kloeg and his Clareville Bakery team will go to some pretty extreme lengths to chase down success.
On Thursday, the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards will be held in Auckland. Kloeg plans to get up before 4am, pick one of his precious sourdough breads and a bunch of Clareville Cracker flatbreads, and hop in a car bound for Wellington.