Saturday, 18 November 2017

Martin is King of village baking contest

A BAKING competition in Russell’s Water raised £300 for the village hall.

A BAKING competition in Russell’s Water raised £300 for the village hall.

More than 70 people entered the Great Village Bake-off at the hall on Saturday (April 20) by making cookies and biscuits.

The entries were judged by Frederic Gencarelli, head pastry chef at the Quince Tree, Polly Oxby, a Masterchef winner in 2011 who owns Polly’s Kitchen in Hazlemere, and Joanna Bains and Loraine Hussey from The Cake Makers in Watlington.

Categories included large cakes, small cakes, biscuits, tray bake, bread and under 18.

The winner of each category was given a signed copy of Mary Berry’s Baking Bible and Martin King, from Nettlebed, was awarded a mini patisserie masterclass with Mr Gencarelli after being crowned overall winner.

Mr King, who began baking his shortbread biscuits shortly after midnight on Saturday, started baking five years ago when he daughter developed an egg allergy and he had to discover different food to provide for her.

Sue Stickley, chairwoman of the village hall committee, said it was a “fantastic” event.

She said: “It’s been a really excellent standard of quality from children as young as five up to people in their nineties.

“The under-18 category had a fantastic amount of entries. We had a big afternoon tea party afterwards and were able to sit outside in the sunshine.

“Everyone ate what had been made in the cookathon. We had five tables of cakes and biscuits but at the end there was only one table left.”



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Caption (L-R): Judges Polly Oxby, Frederic Gencarelli, Joanna Bains and Loraine Hussey

A BAKING competition in Russell’s Water raised £300 for the village hall.

More than 70 people entered the Great Village Bake-off at the hall.Categories included large cakes, small cakes, biscuits, tray bake, bread and under 18.

Martin King, 38, from Nettlebed, was crowned overall winner with his shortbread biscuits. He started baking when his daughter Bryony, five, developed an egg allergy as a baby.

He also has a son, Monty, two, with his wife Debbie, 37. Mr King said: “When we found out Bryony had the allergy I realised that in the various things you buy there were ingredients she couldn’t have. I tried my hand at bread making and it rolled on from there to more challenging bakes, breads, pastries and then biscuits.

“I was quite surprised to win the competition because I only entered at 12.30am on the day for a bit of fun.”

He was awarded a mini patisserie masterclass with Frederic Gencarelli, head pastry chef at the Quince Tree in Stonor. The winner of each category was given a signed copy of Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. The entries were judged by Mr Gencarelli, Polly Oxby, Masterchef winner in 2011, and Joanna Bains and Loraine Hussey, from the Cake Makers in Watlington.

Sue Stickley, chairwoman of the village hall committee, described the event as “fantastic”.

She said: “We had a big afternoon tea party afterwards and were able to sit outside in the sunshine. Everyone ate what had been made. We had five tables of cakes and biscuits but at the end there was only one table left.”

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