On Saturday 24th September the Great British Bake Off came to Green Pastures for the evening for the “Bergh Apton Bake Off”, our very own version of the popular TV competition!
James and Michelle were delighted to welcome a restaurant full of bakers who had clearly spent countless hours, in some cases days, planning preparing and baking to then present us with a really stunning display of their handiwork. We are enormously grateful to everyone who worked so hard.
The task of judging fell to Green Pastures very own Mary Berry (Caroline) and Paul Hollywood (Head Chef Wayne) who promptly got stuck into sampling the bakers’ signature dishes! Although we excused them the responsibility of publically critiquing each dish they had the tough job of ranking the bakers work and award them points for the league table which would eventually decide “Bergh Apton’s Best Bakers!”
Between judging all the gorgeous baking James hosted a challenging food and drink quiz, really putting the audience through their paces with a blind taste test, a salad identification and mystery objects too! A special mention of our quiz winners; the “Home and Away” team, including Green Pastures own Amanda, Ellie and Lauren, along with the “Buttercream Babes” who volunteered to donate their food hamper prize to the evenings charity auction!
Although having just dined on of Head Chef Wayne’s irresistible buffet spreads, our audience was well up for the challenge of judging the winner of the Technical Challenge! Each table was duly served a sample of each team’s Victoria sponge and the audience declared the entry from the “Flour Girls” to be our winner.
The Showstopper cakes certainly did steal the show and each and every one of them deserved to be a winner. Our youngest baker, fifteen year old Finlay from Holt, created a mighty impressive “Bonfire Cake” (pictured right) with chocolate flames which we were later told was a great hit when it was eventually consumed!
Our winning Showstopper (pictured left), a beautifully decorated and super seasonal Autumn themed cake was created by the “All or Muffin” team who also went on to win the overall team prize for “Bergh Apton’s Best Bakers” and were duly presented with £100 in Green Pastures Gift Vouchers.
The final task of the evening fell to Green Pastures Bake Off Presenter Alwyn to perform the auction of all the gorgeous celebration cakes. It was fantastic to see all the bakers’ hard work being so greatly appreciated and a whopping £650 was raised for Marie Curie and our village school!