Bambino Bake Off
Three budding chefs from St Martin and St MaryC of E Primary School in Windermere, Cumbria, have been crowned 2018 McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year.
The competition, now in its fourth year and organised by Premier Foods, encourages young people to take an interest in the industry; inspiring them to consider it as a future career.
Finely Park, eight, Harry Vinall, nine and Alice Evans, 10, supported by school caterer Nicola Hastie, cooked their way to the top, wowing judges with their mouth-watering recipes and outstanding team skills with their raspberry and white chocolate scones.
Held at LACA: The Main Event at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole the competition saw teams of 7-11 year olds from Gurnard Primary School, Mendip Green Primary School, Overleigh St Martin and St Mary C of E School, Woodlands Primary School and St Martin and St Mary C of E Primary School cook in front of a live audience.
“We couldn’t wait to see the dishes that each of the five finalist schools had submitted come to life,” said Sarah Robb, foodservice channel marketing manager at Premier Foods. “Every year we are blown away by the standard in terms of presentation, taste and how the teams work together throughout the day.”
The judges – Andrew Green, representing the Craft Guild of Chefs; Carol Harwood, representing LACA; and Mark Rigby, executive chef at Premier Foods – had the tough challenge of choosing one overall winner from the outstanding finalists in attendance.
St Martin and St Mary C of E Primary School scored highly for their impeccable attention to detail from the mini pots of jam and cream to the beautifully handmade chocolate swans. The school was awarded £1,000 worth of kitchen equipment, a prize which was presented to them by Tim Blowers, chair of LACA, encouraging the pupils to continue their passion for high quality food and learning cookery skills.
“Huge congratulations to the winning school and a big thank you to all those who took part, the effort that you put into rehearsing for the finals was clearly evident in the high quality of the final dishes,” added Sarah.
Nicola Hastie said that the school has spent their prize money on kitchen equipment that will be used in their weekly cookery club.
“It’s so important that the children know where their food comes from and how to prepare it and this prize will help us teach them this,” she added.