Winning event

first_imgMore than 550 visitors descended on Bolton Arena last Sunday for the first combined autumn Bakers’ and Butchers’ Fair. The fifth annual Bakers’ Fair Autumn was a great success, featuring a wide range of exhibitors, interesting and informative stage demonstrations and talks, the Richemont Club of Great Britain’s eight annual competitions, and an entertaining bakers versus butchers ’Generation Game’-style live contest.John Robertshaw from Bako North Western kicked off the presentations and demonstrated how to make cake pops in a quick and cost-effective manner. He said the easiest way was to start with a standard sheet of chocolate brownie, with no inclusions. “Brownie is best to use, because when it’s portioned there is very little crumbing,” he said. “You can also make it in advance, and it’s fully freeze-thaw stable.” For decorating, he demonstrated with the use of Bako’s own-label chocolate, with sprinkles and sugar strands to coat the cake pop. He also piped white royal icing round a chocolate-coated brownie square to create a Christ-mas parcel design. And he recommended using an oasis block, wrapped with cling-film, to use as the cake pop holder. At a cost of 16-20p to make, he told bakers at the show they could sell for around 50-60p in their shops, or even £1.50 if packaged as a gift.Soil Association trade relations manager Lee Holdstock’s talk on Demystifying Organics covered a range of areas including what is meant by organics, and the work carried out by the Soil Association. He said there had been a slight decline in the growth of the organic market in recent years, but said it had been slowing in the past few months, and he hoped the sector would be back in growth next year.He discussed the reasons why bakers should certify their organic products one of the main ones being that it inspired consumer trust. The overall organic market has declined 4%, while bread has fallen 18.4% according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel data, but Holdstock maintained there were business opportunities for bakers as the market breaks into a recovery, especially for brands within the retail sector, and said consumers were prepared to pay more for a product that was a bit different.Keith Clarke, from Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients, gave visitors a few ideas about how the company’s range of ingredients could be used to create innovative Christmas products. He suggested bakers could make a Christmas tree display from macaroons, or test out recipes such as white chocolate and Baileys tarte, chocolate liquor tarte and white chocolate and ginger choux buns.’Allo ’Allo actress Vicki Michelle and Birds of Derby’s Mike Holling then compèred the bakers verus butchers ’Generation Game’, which saw bakers trying to make sausages, and butchers decorating cakes. Lee Batterbee and Richard Patterson, bakers from Bradwell Butchery and butchers John Mettrick of Derbyshire-based JW Mettrick & Son and Brindon Addy of J Brindon Addy in West Yorkshire took part in the crowd-pleasing event, with the bakers crowned the winners.Richemont successFor the first time ever the Richemont Club of Great Britain’s annual competitions were opened up to other bakers to enter not just its own members. Vicki Michelle announced the winners and handed out the trophies.Slattery’s Patissier & Chocolatier walked away with the Rank Hovis Trophy, CSM Trophy, Renshaw Tropy and Richemont Trophy, while the British Baker trophy was also won by Oliver Campbell at Slattery’s. Terry and Leanne Tang were triumphant in the live cake decorating challenge, winning The President’s Challenge Cup, while Greenhalgh’s was awarded the Best Item in Show for its oven bottom loaf. See the table opposite for a full list of the winners.Chatwin’s Trevor Mooney, who organises the competitions said he was really pleased with how they had gone, and said the quality of the entries and level of competition had been raised. This year saw a 45% increase in entries, which Mooney said had left him wondering where he was going to put them all. “It is so rewarding to see such skill and enthusiasm on display. It really makes all the efforts worthwhile,” he added.British Baker editor Martyn Leek said the event had been a great success, with lots of happy visitors and exhibitors. “The skills shown in the entries to the Richemont competitions were fantastic, and the event hosted a great array of talks and demos before the crowds were entertained by the butchers versus bakers competition.”TestimonialsMhairi Coull Cake Portioner”We really didn’t know what to expect, but felt it would be a great show at which to launch Cake Portioner. We’ve certainly had lots of interest. A few people even said they came to the show especially to see the product, based on what they had read in British Baker, so we’re very pleased. It was really worthwhile attending.”Chris Hudson BFP Wholesale”It was definitely worthwhile coming. We’ve had a number of good leads from people we don’t already do business with more than we expected to. We highlighted the fact we deliver to craft bakers on the high street and some of the products we offer.”Chris Huish Mono Equipment “It’s been very busy, and there has been a good cross-mix of visitors. It’s the first time we’ve exhibited at the combined Butchers’ and Baker’s Fair and it was beneficial, as we also had enquiries from a number of butchers. There was a lot of interest in our deck ovens.”Richemont Club Competition ResultsClass One Three Sausage Rolls1st Janet Horn,The Dickens Pantry2nd Mike Brierton, M Ray3rd Nigel Hofmann, HofmannClass TwoThree Meat Pasties1st Brendan Stones, Rose the Bakers2nd Jamie Humphrey, Chatwins3rd Eric Cran, retired bakerClass Three One Pork Pie1st Nigel Hofmann, Hofmann2nd Eric Cran, retired baker3rd Steven Barnes, Slattery’sClass Four One Quiche Lorraine1st Sarah Phillips, Shuga Buds2nd Garry Thew, Greenhalgh’s3rd Beverley Kenny, Bevs BakeryClass FiveOne Brown Tin Loaf1st Anne Barnes, Slattery’s2nd Scott Osborne, Rose the Bakers3rd Steve Barnes, Slattery’sClass SixOne Multigrain Cob1st John Done, B F Done & Son2nd David Morton-Smith, Apple Pie Bakery3rd Stuart Hartlebury, Greenhalgh’sClass Seven One White Plaited Loaf1st Anne Barnes, Slattery’s2nd Steve Barnes, Slattery’s3rd Aaron Nugent, Greenhalgh’sClass Eight Four Fresh Creams1st John Done, B F Done & Son2nd Debbie Martin, Slattery’s3rd B Smith, Rose the BakersClass Nine Four Danish Pastries1st B Smith, Rose the Bakers2nd Mike Brierton, M Ray3rd Steven Bowes, A W ScottClass TenFour Christmas Fancies1st Janette Lyons, Slattery’s2nd Judy Justice, Rose the Bakers3rd Dawn Dunn, ChatwinsClass ElevenFour Pastries1st Graham Ashworth, Slattery’s2nd Jamie Humphrey, Chatwins3rd Craig Wright, ChatwinsClass TwelveOne Novelty Celebration Cake1st David Wilson, Slattery’s2nd Andrea Campbell-Jackson, Shuga Budz3rd Terry Hardman, Slattery’sClass ThirteenOne Sugar Paste Model1st David Wilson, Slattery’s2nd Andrea Campbell-Jackson, Shuga Budz3rd Amelia Nutting, Shuga BudzClass FourteenFour Halloween Cup Cakes1st Vicky Johnson, Fallen Angel Cakes2nd Hannah Midgley, Rose the Bakers3rd Craig Wright, ChatwinsClass FifteenOne Christmas Cake1st Lisa Smith, Peter Herd Wilmslow2nd Patricia Peel, Chatwins3rd Mel Hughes, Slattery’sClass SixteenOne Christmas Pudding1st Jamie Humphrey, Chatwins2nd Michelle Ray, M Ray3rd Amanda Rowart, WienholtsClass SeventeenOne Chocolate Log1st Janette Lyons, Slattery’s2nd Helen Murrell, Chatwins3rd Jess Hawthorn, M RayClass EighteenFour Fruit Scones1st Filippo Salvaggio, Tameside College2nd Rachel Scott, Tameside College3rd Nicole Goodall, Tameside CollegeClass NineteenOne Oven bottom Loaf1st Aaron Nugent, Greenhalgh’s2nd Oliver Campbell, Tameside College3rd Amy Whitehead, Tameside CollegeClass TwentyFour Novelty Cup Cakes1st Oliver Campbell, Slattery’s2nd Sarah Phillips, Shuga Budz3rd Jessica Desborough, Tameside CollegeMilling & Baking TrophyNigel HofmannRank Hovis TrophySlattery’s Patissier & ChocolatierCSM TrophySlattery’s Patissier & ChocolatierRenshaw TrophySlattery’s Patissier & ChocolatierBritish Bakels Christmas TrophyArthur ChatwinBritish Baker TrophyOliver Campbell, Slattery’sThe President’s Challenge CupTerry Tang & Leanne TangBest in ShowGreenhalgh’s (Oven Bottom Loaf)Richemont TrophySlattery’s Patissier & Chocolatierlast_img

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