Cooking up some family rivalry!
WHEN it comes to baking some truly sweet treats, the Foster family of Stanwick take some beating. In fact, three of them are going head-to-head in a bid to create the ultimate showstopper at this weekend’s Wellingborough bake off.
Mum Sue Foster and her children Christopher (11) and nine-year-old Charlotte (pictured) will all be battling to win the annual baking contest, which takes place on Saturday, October 18, in the town’s Cambridge Street.
The youngsters have already scooped some culinary acclaim, including being crowned champions at the Dalemain Marmalade Awards in March and winning the World Jampionships in September. Christopher is also a finalist in the World Bread Awards.
Sue (42) said her children became inspired to bake after Christopher spotted a Real Jam Festival flyer in 2011. He entered his first pot of jam and won the class.
Sue said: “I like baking, but this interest has really come from them. I’m very proud of them all. They love baking but it’s Christopher who’s taken it to the next level, he’s so keen and very good.”
Christopher tried to enter the event last year but was a week late having got the dates wrong, instead they entered the St Ives’ version and Christopher came second.
Christopher, who writes the Jammy Bakers Blog, said: “I bake because I like cheering people up. My favourite thing about baking is improvising – I never just simply follow a recipe.
“I’m really looking forward to the Wellingborough bake off, I have got something special planned.”
The event is being organised by the town’s Business Improvement District through its Discover Wellingborough campaign to attract more people to the town centre.
The cakes will be on display throughout the day, then auctioned off, with the proceeds going to county breast cancer charity, Crazy Hats.
The competition has a special novelty category with a hat theme to mark the Wellingborough-based charity’s involvement.
Crazy Hats founder, Glennis Hooper, said: “We thank the Discover Wellingborough campaign for involving us in such a thrilling, community event. We hope people will rally around for Wellingborough.
Etam Dedhar, who runs Bespoke Cakes by Etam from her home in the town’s Midland Road, has baked cakes for Peter Andre, Denise Welch, Keith Lemon and Lord Alan Sugar.
She said: “I was very honoured to be asked to judge this year’s Wellingborough Bake Off. There is a growing trend now to get baking and cooking rather than buying everything. I just love to support and pass on my knowledge wherever I can. I’m looking forward to seeing and tasting all the tasty goodies.”
To take part, bakers will need to register and then take their masterpiece to the marquee by 10am Saturday.
To enter, email: email@example.com
Pictured above – RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: Christopher and Charlotte Foster, with their mum Sue, are rivals for bake off glory.