Harrison Catering Services has crowned its champion baker following the day-long final of its Big School Bake Off competition.
Judith Wase, Senior Chef Manager at Fenstanton Primary School in Lambeth, took first prize with her Summer Strawberry Cupcakes with Malted White Chocolate Frosting.
Inspired by its partnership with Unilever Food Solutions, Harrison held its own version of The Big School Bake Off for cooks and catering managers across its London borough contracts.Second prize was awarded to Gail Carey, Catering Manager of St Mark’s C of E Primary School in Croydon, and third prize to Naseema Rasheed, Catering Manager at Coston Primary School in Ealing.
Each competitor had to create their best muffin and flapjack, and their bakes were judged on presentation, taste, texture and recipe and method. Competitions were held in Bexley, Croydon, Ealing and Lambeth with the top two competitors in each borough advancing to the final, held at Unilever House in Leatherhead, Surrey.
At the final, each competitor first had to complete the technical challenge—making a Victoria Sandwich Cake using the same recipe in two hours. This was followed by the ‘showstoppers’ bake off, in which each cook had to create 12 celebration cupcakes.
Nicola Turk, Harrison’s Director of Group Schools, said: “Home baking is an important part of Harrison’s food offer. It provides a superior product for our customers, while giving our talented catering staff another outlet to demonstrate their skills and creativity. Introducing Unilever’s Big School Bake Off in our business was a great opportunity for our cooks to showcase their skills. We were absolutely blown away by the quality of the baking that our finalists produced and that made selecting the winners a real challenge.”
The winners received a range of fantastic prizes, including a food mixer with attachments provided by KitchenAid and afternoon tea for two at the Ritz Hotel London for the first prize winner.