By WBJevent at 19:17 on 10/02/14
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Amateur bakers are 'kneaded' for the Great Bristol Bake-Off – an innovative charity fund-raiser and business networking contest where the winner will be crowned at city foodie event Eat Drink Bristol Fashion in May.
Teams will be challenged to win over the judging panel with their "signature" bakes before 25 groups are put through to the semi-final, which will see the bakers creating a cake and bread in allotted time.
The 13 finalists - a baker's dozen - will then cater for 250 with a mass picnic at Eat Drink Bristol Fashion on May 8, before the winner is announced.
Launched by 102 Cookery School by Nailsea Electrical in Bristol, the bake-off has already attracted the involvement of Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton as well as the owner of Joes Bakery Martin Hunt and the owner of Cake, Abigail Smith.
They will be joined on the judging panel by 102 Cookery School boss Giles Pushman and celebrated food critic Mark Taylor.
Teams are urged to enter by February 21 and the not-for-profit initiative is being organised with Business in the Community.
Giles said the aim is to promote large businesses and SMEs working together through healthy competition.
He said: "Our main aim is to support Bristol's charity organisations, which is why we will be donating £100 from each entrance fee to Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital charity.
"It will be great fun and will tap into Bristol's baking talent; it will give amateurs the chance to showcase their skills, enjoy the thrill of the contest as well as having healthy competition among the city's businesses."
Prizes up for grabs include £1,500 in cash and a host of Samsung goodies.
Giles said: "The £300 entry fee includes the donation to the Grand Appeal, a launch networking night, staging the final and all the ingredients.
"It will be great team building for businesses as colleagues support those who have entered and we'll be able to see the wealth of talent across Bristol as people step forward to take up the challenge."
To find out more log on at http://tinyurl.com/q8qhzzr and download an entry form.
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014