Dec 14TH

New Food and Drink Innovation Centre Hosts Christmas Cake Competition With Celebrity Judges

Food and drink learners studying our level 2 and level 3 Diploma in Professional Bakery and level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition participated in a ‘Great British Bake Off‘ style competition on 14th December. 

The learners have prepared and decorated every element of their Christmas cakes themselves, with everything used required to be edible in order to stretch and challenge their creativity and flair.

The cakes were displayed to the judges from 1pm with points awarded for their originality and presentation by celebrity judges Deborah Manger, a contestant in the 2013 series of The Great British Bake Off, and Anna Murby, presenter of the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards. Vita and Carmela from Whitco Catering and Bakery Equipment were also there to watch over proceedings. The competition gave the students a unique opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities, working to industry standards, as well as showcasing our new food and drink innovation centre, which opened in July. 

After careful deliberation, the judges declared Leah Parker-Harringan the winner, with her cake decorated with an impressive gingerbread house. Following closely behind in second was Freda Adu Poku whose 3D Christmas scene including a gingerbread man, an elf and a Christmas tree impressed the judges. Third place was awarded to Holly-Jo Clay who opted for a sophisticated but straightforward decoration of a Christmas tree.

The bakers were allowed to keep their cakes, and Katerina Fuszard expressed her intent to give her cake away to those not fortunate enough to be able to buy one, a generous gift in the true spirit of Christmas. 

Click here to find out more about our food and drink courses, applications are open now for full-time courses starting in September 2019. We will also be introducing a part-time evening course in baking beginning February 2019.