Entrants were asked to bake something from the series, and were given access to the latest recipe book for inspiration and instruction. Extra credit would be given to those that attempted the technical challenges.
Judges included Gavin Brown, Kim Liddiard, Laura Biggs, Rebecca Reeves and me!
Below are the winning entries, special commendations and a few pictures of some of the other entries.
The winning savoury entry was made by our very own drinks expert Kristian Price, who put the effort in and made Quails Egg filled Pork Pies. They were really, really good! Paul Hollywood took a look at the picture and said “Excellent looking pies, well done”.
The winning sweet entry was made by Lindsey Guy, an unexpected win from a non baker, with her Rhubarb and Ginger Baked Cheesecake. Judges comments were quite simply “WOW”.
Special commendation for presentation was given to Charlie Farr for her stunning Queen of Sheba chocolate cake.
A special commendation for team spirit was given to Susana Burguera with the carefully iced Autosport International logo on this chocolate cake.
Sarah Elgie surprised the judges with her moist, tangy and delicious Lemon and Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake and received a special commendation for taste.
Al Buset made a very impressive Olive and Thyme Bread and even brought in butter for us to taste it with!
Emily Phillips produced a beautiful and delicious Battenberg, which I believe would have won the technical bake if it had featured on the series.
Steve Clark’s apparently delicious Goats Cheese Tartlets (I obviously didn’t taste with my severe dislike of goats cheese).
First time baker Kate Woodley entered some lovely florentines – good effort!
Stephen Winton’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies – very good!
Claire Overstall made these lovely little Coconut Macaroons.
Sarah Sandys-Renton entered this beautifully rolled Chocolate Roulade complete with grated chocolate and mint garnish too.
Ginny Braynsmith’s eagerly awaited entry was these Christmas Tree Iced Biscuits – a good effort considering her lack of scales (and baking ability!!).
Ian France (with a little help from his wife I suspect!) entered this lovely looking Chocolate Roulade.
Craig Hanratty surprised the judges with his Mascapone Cream Coffee and Walnut Cake.
Sarah Parker impressed with her Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes, extra effort was put in with that cake stand too!
Rupert Lang presented well with his Spinach, Stilton and Potato Quiche.
Rebecca Reeve’s Melting Moments were particularly light, and very beautiful.
Paul Patterson’s Chocolate Eclairs, filled with home made Creme Patissiere.
Finally, my entry, which most would say tasted better than it looked – a Salted Caramel Chocolate Roulade. Sadly it cracked while rolling but still tasted yummy.
At our ‘Town Hall’ meeting the whole of the Haymarket Exhibitions team had the chance to taste and judge their very own favourites!
Well done to everyone that entered!