ARARAT - Ararat Bakery's Paul Roberts has proven he has the winning formula to please any sweet tooth.
Mr Roberts and the Ararat Bakery recently finished third in the Merbein Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph's professional division.
Mr Roberts was one of more than 20 professional bakers to take part in the prestigious competition which is now into its 14th year.
"The competition was started by Jeff Kennett in he was premier in 2000 and was held in Ouyen," Mr Roberts said.
"I've been entering for seven years now and never got anywhere but kept at it and finally we've got on the podium."
Mr Roberts said it was only some minor tweaking of the recipe that saw him skyrocket into the placings.
"We changed the size of the vanilla and cut it a bit bigger this time, so that may have helped," he said.
"Also this year you had to send 10 pieces whereas in the past it used to be six, so we just made sure they were all nice and even and looking good which seem to get us across the line and into third."
The Grampians region is well known for its prize winning vanilla slices, with Stony Creek Bakery in Halls Gap winning the inaugural Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph title, while Waack's Bakery in Stawell took out top honours in 2008.
Last week Federal member for Wannon, Dan Tehan stopped by Ararat Bakery to congratulate Mr Roberts on his achievement.
"He came in and had a slice, coffee and a chat which was good," Mr Roberts said.
"He loved the vanilla slice and said it was the best bit of his campaign so far."