Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, ‘The Boston College Bake Off’ aims to highlight the talent and skills of some of the counties best young bakers. Back in November 2016, schools across the county were contacted with the opportunity for their year 9, 10 and 11 students to take part in the Bake off by submitting their ‘Show Stopper’ cake ideas. After receiving an overwhelming amount of entries, the top 12 were shortlisted and invited to take part in the Boston College Bake Off Masterclass, where they were put through their paces in three technical challenges, which included sponge cake making, Langue de chat piped biscuits, and assembling and decorating a cake using buttercream and assorted decorations. These 12 bakers were then judged on their initial entry, ability, organisation and attitude, with the final six then announced.
‘The Boston College Bake Off’ final saw, Katie Hudson from Thomas Cowley High School, Alena Osbourne from Boston High School, Sophie Lorenz from Thomas Middlecott Academy, Oliver Batt from St George’s Academy and Ash Holloway and Libby Simpson Tunnard from William Lovell C.O.E Academy, spend the day in College’s industry standard bakeries creating their ‘Show Stopper’ cake idea from their original entry.
Once completed the cakes were then judged in front of parents and school teachers by Steve Cottrell, Boston College Programme Area Manager for Catering and Hospitality, Andy Readman, Boston College Bakery Lecturer and Mike Myers from Myers Bakery, famous for their original Lincolnshire Plum Loaf. After much deliberation, William Lovell C.O.E Academy’s Ash Holloway took this years’ title of ‘Star Baker 2017’ for her chocolate checkerboard cake with chocolate buttercream and chocolate shards for decoration. Winning herself an amazing £100 Russums voucher, along with a hamper full of baking equipment to further her baking skills, as well as a £500 Russums voucher for her school’s Catering and Hospitality Department. The six finalists also walked away with a ‘Bake Off’ apron, ‘The Great British Bake Off – Perfect Cakes and Bakes to Make at Home’ cookery book and a goodie day of Myers Lincolnshire plum loaf.
After winning the title Ash said, “My teacher told me about the competition, as I want to open my own bakery in the future. I had so much fun and I’m really happy that I won.”
Jane Waiya, William Lovell Food said, “To have two of our learners in the Boston College Bake off Final is such a great achievement and we are immensely proud of both girls. To see such talent amongst all the finalist was fantastic and Ash did extremely well to take the title of ‘Star Baker’. Being a small school, we can sometimes struggle to get equipment, so winning the £500 Russums voucher will make such a big difference to the Food Department – we will be able to buy new baking equipment for our learners to develop their skills further.”
Steve Cottrell, Boston College Programme Area Manager for Catering and Hospitality said, “The Catering and Hospitality Department at Boston College have been ‘blown away’ by the response from schools (some even using the competition as GCSE coursework) and the number of entries that we have had in this first year of the Boston College Bake Off Competition. We have also been very impressed by the very high standard of both written entries and practical work produced during both the Masterclass and the Bake Off Final. We are very encouraged that there are so many young, talented bakers out there! We plan to work much closer with local secondary schools that we have built up a relationship with as a result of the competition and have already started organising visits to schools and for school catering students to spend a day at College. Our wish is to build upon this year’s success and make the Boston College Bake Off Competition an even bigger and better annual event! Congratulations to Ash Holloway the Boston College Bake Off Winner for 2017!”
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