A Clean Sweep

Tameside College students excel at this year’s BAKO North Western Student Bakery Challenge.

BAKO North Western is a leading food service company, specialising in bakery supplies in the North West region. They host an annual Student Bakery Challenge, where colleges who provide professional bakery courses in the North West are invited to participate.

The competition allows students to both challenge their skills and compete against their peers. This year proved to be bigger and better than ever, with over 130 entrants coming from a variety of colleges.

The judges certainly had their work cut out for them as the challenge was based across three difficult categories; Dressed White Bloomer, Fruited Scones and Madeira Cake - each chosen due to the high level of baking skill required.

John Robertshaw, BAKO’s Technical Consultant and one of the expert judges on the day, said, “It’s fantastic to see young bakers of the future competing to such a high level, and they’ve made my job today very difficult”.

After close inspection and a lengthy debate, the judges finally came to a decision and announced the winners. In the Fruited Scones category, Tameside College students scooped a remarkable first, second and third place! The winning students were; Rebecca Murphy (1st), Emma Attuah Akotowaa (2nd) and Shelby Hunt (3rd).

Rebecca Murphy, former Droylsden Academy School pupil, said, “I was very excited when I found out, this is the first trophy I’ve ever won! I hope to do just as well in future competitions”.