This year’s Haywards Heath Secondary School Bake Off reached its grand final recently.
The finalist’s cakes were displayed in the Orchards shopping centre before being judged by the new High Sheriff, Denise Patterson, and West Sussex Deputy Lord Lieutenant Carol Hayward.
The judges marked the cakes against several criteria including appearance, originality, texture, taste etc.
David Sawyer, President of the town’s Rotary Club, announced the winners sharing with the large audience the judge’s comments on the extremely high standard achieved by this year’s entrants. David was not able to join in the judging as his granddaughter had entered a cake: but he was nonetheless invited to taste each entry!
Third prize went to Denis Georgescu, a student at St Paul’s school, and one of many boys who entered the competition. Second prize was awarded to Charlotte Maitland, a student at Oathall Community College and also one of last year’s finalists. First prize was deservedly won by Emily Brock, who was not only the youngest entrant but who produced an especially impressive cake. Emily is in her first year at Oathall.
Haywards Heath Rotary Club has sponsored this event for several years. The great interest shown, demonstrated by the steady increase in the number of entrants each year, will ensure that the club continues to do so for the foreseeable future.
Report and picture contributed by the Rotary Club of Haywards Heath.