Results & photos: The Great Brighton Bake Off 2013
The inaugural Great Brighton Bake Off took place at Picnic In The Park 2013 on Sunday, June 30. There were 30 entrants in the youth (under 16) category, and 18 entrants in the adults competition. The entries were judged by Kevin Oliver, Head Chef of Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Brighton. Once the winners had been announced, the public were invited to enjoy a slice of the winning cakes, resulting in the first recorded cake riot in Queen’s Park (details below).
The judging of each entry was meticulous and professional, with due consideration given to style and appearance, texture, consistency, moistness and overall balance of flavours. There were some magnificently well presented cakes, but the chef was not judging on appearance alone: he was looking for the complete package that combined both style and substance.
The task of judging the cakes took over an hour, with our chef testing nearly 45 cakes for taste and consistency, assisted by event organiser Nicky Bullock of Friends Of Queens Park.
Eventually, after much deliberating, the white clouds of icing sugar went up and the winners were announced. Starting with the Childrens Under 16s category, and in reverse order:
The secret was in the tasting, according to our judge. Olivia’s beautifully presented chocolate cake scored very highly as a lovely light lucious delectable cake. On to the adult category:
Chef Kevin Oliver was in raptures over Tom’s entry, which he described as ‘absolutely to the highest professional standard’, adding that it scored highly for feel and consistency (it sliced well and didn’t fall apart), with a winning flavour combination – altogether, a beautifully balanced and satisfying cake, and a worthy winner of the first Great Brighton Bake Off.
The opportunity to sample the finest baking in Queen’s Park, at a generous £1 per slice, proved an overwhelming temptation for the crowds at Picnic In The Park. Sharp elbows and a firm eye the prize proved vital assets.
Many thanks to organisers Nicky Bullock, with Randi Belgrove, Sandra Magson and Guy Smyth, all of The Friends Of Queen’s Park. Many thanks also to Roger De Casanove from The Brighton Brownie Company for providing gift wrapped prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
We hope you enjoyed the Bake Off. Do let us know what you think, and how this delicious and successful event could be improved for next year. You can see more pictures of all the entries on the Friends Of Queens Park Facebook page.