Ready, steady ... bake off you go

COOKING UP A STORM: Rhys Danby (centre) came first in the bake-off. Second was Jamine Gittings (left) and Charlotte Hampton-Smith came third (right).
COOKING UP A STORM: Rhys Danby (centre) came first in the bake-off. Second was Jamine Gittings (left) and Charlotte Hampton-Smith came third (right).

Baking battle commenced for students in Great Cornard as they put their culinary skills to the test.

Eleven pupils at Thomas Gainsborough School in Head Lane gave up their Saturday last weekend to compete for the honour of being crowned the winner of the school’s Great British Bake Off challenge.

Youngsters aged 13 to 15 buttered baking trays, meticulously measured ingredients and fretted over the temperature of the oven, as they prepared to serve up a selection of tasty treats.

“It was the first time we have ever done this and it went really well,” said assistant headteacher Carmel Bavington.

“The standard was very high and it was fabulous that the students chose to come into school on a day off.”

Contestants from Years 9 and 10 each made shortbread, a lemon meringue pie and a sponge cake in the space of five hours.

The dishes were then placed before three teachers, who were chosen for their love of food, and judged on appearance, texture and taste.

“All the students enjoyed it and I think they liked the competitive element,” said Mrs Bavington.

“They recognised it was a chance to win something, but were still helping each other.”

The overall winner of the bake off was 13-year-old Rhys Danby, while Mrs Bavington said the event’s success was likely to see it repeated.

“We wanted to do this because of the popularity of the TV programme and it is a fun thing to do,” she said.

“It shows the students what it is like to work under pressure.”