Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery has won America’s Best Bakery Contest, a new online contest this year on The Baking Channel (www.bakingbuyer.com). Tens of thousands of voters across the country cast their selections for their favorite retail bakery among nine finalists. Congratulations to all, and thanks to all who voted!
America’s Best Bakery Contest drew 55,308 total votes, and Kiedrowski’s received 28,078 votes.
Finalists were selected by Baking Buyer’s editorial team and featured on Discovering America’s Bakeries sponsored exclusively by Dawn Food Products, Inc.
The nine finalists were Cake Nouveau in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Deerfields Bakery in Deerfield, Illinois; Frost Doughnuts in Mill Creek, Washington; Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans; Kiedrowski’s in Amherst, Ohio; Manderfield’s Home Bakery in Appleton, Wisconsin; PinkaBella Cupcakes in Seattle; Roeser’s Bakery in Chicago; and Zingerman’s Bakehouse in Ann Arbor.
Kiedrowski’s victory is testament to their ability of mobilizing their community of devoted fans to vote, using multiple media outlets to spread the word. Owner Tim Kiedrowski is known throughout his community for innovative promotions and delicious sweet baked goods.
On Christmas Eve, 1983, Tim Kiedrowski got a job at the Simply Delicious Bakery in downtown Amherst, Ohio. One month later, the owner offered to sell the business to the employees. Never afraid of a challenge, Tim and Terri Kiedrowski took out a small business loan to buy the bakery.
Proud of their polish heritage, the name was officially changed to Kiedrowski’s Simply Delcious Bakery, and remained in downtown Amherst for 11 years. In 1994, Tim and his crew packed up the mixers, ovens, as well as all the baking ingredients, and moved to their current location on Cooper Foster Park Road in Amherst, a city of 12,000 people near Cleveland.