Muntons employee and Master Maltster William Durrant celebrates after scooping Walter Hyde Award for outstanding performance

Will Durrant receiving his Master Maltster Award from Richard Broadbent, a member of the Examining B

Will Durrant receiving his Master Maltster Award from Richard Broadbent, a member of the Examining Board of the Malting Diploma Association at the 2017 Malting Diploma Association AGM. Photo: GEORGE IRVING - Credit: George Irving

A malt firm employee is celebrating a rare accolade.

William Durrant of Stowmarket malt firm Muntons was over the moon after he gained a Master Maltster qualification - and joined an elite roll of honour.

He scooped the Walter Hyde Award, which is given at the discretion of the examiners to a candidate who has passed the examination with a very high level of distinction.

Since the qualification began, there have only been six candidates who have attained it.

To achieve his Master Maltster status, Will sat two exams, the Malting Diploma, followed by the Master Maltster.


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This involved completing a project relating to the malting industry, a case study and a verbal exam.

Will has been working towards the qualification for the past two years.

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