Stuart Pate judges Cornwall’s best young baker at the Great Truro High Bake Off
22nd Mar 2016
On Monday 21st March, Stuart Pate, our head pastry chef went along to Truro High School to judge the final round of the Great Truro High Bake Off, a competition organised by Truro High School for Girls and open to young bakers in Years 5 & 6 from across Cornwall.
The challenge was to bake a traditional Victoria sponge following the classic WI recipe. As a true technical challenge, the bakers were given identical ingredients but given creative freedom in their decoration and filling.
After a difficult judging process, the gold prize in the county wide competition went to Connie McGannity, from Mylor Bridge School. Only 1.5 points away from the top score, Oscar Haywood, from Constantine Primary School, was awarded silver and Kaia Sawalha, from Connor Downs Academy, received bronze.
The top three bakers beat a strong field of seven entries with the final result declared “extremely close” by Stuart and Truro High’s Head of Food Mrs Lisa van der Lem on the panel. Bakes were sampled several times before a decision was reached and judging included precise measuring of how much the cakes had risen.
Scarlett Berry, from Devoran School, Evie Groves, from Archbishop Benson Primary School, Rosanna Benney, from Mawnan School, and Amy Frankland, from Truro High School also competed in the final, whittled down from nearly 200 children from twelve local schools in the search for Cornwall’s best young baker.
We were delighted to present first prize to Connie, a children’s course at Rick Stein ‘s cookery school in Padstow. Connie’s whole class is now invited to take part in a half-day food workshop, including cooking and food science, at Truro High School during the summer term.
We’d like to say a huge congratulations to all the young bakers who took part in the competition.