Nene Valley Primary School is crowned winner of the 2015 McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year competition
We are delighted to announce that Nene Valley Primary School has been crowned the first McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year. The team from Peterborough baked their way to the top spot with their delicious and innovative Butterfly Garden Party Cupcakes. Joel Coulson (aged 10), Brook Sawyer (aged 10) and Anna Zubek (aged 9) all played an integral part in winning the competition, supported by school caterer, Sarah Kirk.
Congratulations must also go to the other shortlisted teams who made the final such an exciting event, after beating tough competition from schools across the country. Having received an overwhelming amount of entries, five schools were picked by a panel of judges to compete in the live final at LACA – The Main Event.
Sarah Gray, Foodservice Channel Marketing Manager at Premier Foods, comments: “With this being the inaugural year of our McDougalls Young Baking Team competition, we were unsure what to expect but have been blown away by the dedication and enthusiasm from all competing schools; from those who entered paper-entries, to our five worthy finalists on the day. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the competition such an unbelievable success and we cannot wait to launch next year’s event.”
The judges – Geoff Acott, representing Craft Guild of Chefs; Carol Harwood, representing LACA; and Mark Rigby, Executive Chef and Head of Foodservice Innovation at Premier Foods – had the nearly impossible task of choosing an overall winner from the finalists, but the title was awarded to Nene Valley Primary School, who achieved high scores for teamwork, presentation, taste, aroma, and texture. The winning team was awarded £1,000 worth of kitchen equipment for their school, a prize which was presented to them by Carrieanne Bishop, Chair of LACA, in front of a capacity crowd.
Mark Rigby, comments: “We were all extremely impressed with the level of effort each team had gone to in their preparation for the live final. It was an incredibly tough decision, but ultimately Nene Valley Primary School stood out to us because of the way they worked together as a team, with all three children participating fully with only basic support from their caterer. Also, their cakes were simply delicious!”
If you were unlucky this year and didn’t make it to the final or did not enter but feel you have what it takes, register your interest in competing in 2016 by clicking here.