Big School Bake Off final held

The winner of the Unilever Food Solutions and Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) Big School Bake Off has been announced.

Judged by a team led by Jo Wheatley (a past winner of mega-popular BBC TV show The Great British Bake-Off), Sarah Medlicott, a Devon school cook, took the title.

Following a taste test, the Victoria sandwich she produced in the October 7th final was named 'best overall' cake. Finalists had been provided with ingredients to make this cake. Marks were handed out based on creativity, skill, ingredient choice, taste, moistness and texture.

Other judges involved in the process included Carrieanne Bishop, national chair of LACA and Anne Bull, board member and director at the organisation.

Andy Lagor, education chief at Unilever Food Solutions, was also a member of the judging panel.

“It’s such an honour to win the first ever Big School Bake Off competition," Ms Medlicott has said, according to LACA.

“The school is going to be thrilled. It’s great to have all our hard work celebrated in this way and I can’t wait until next year’s competition to retain my crown.”

The top baker has earned herself a trophy (another will go to her school), £50 in high street vouchers, a baking workshop treat and a tea experience at The Ritz hotel, as well as a new mixer.

It comes after TV phenomenon The Great British Bake-Off saw its own winner crowned on screens earlier this week.

Nancy Birtwhistle was announced as winner on Wednesday night's edition of the BBC One programme (October 8th), following a final that included bakes such as small-scale scones and victoria sponge cake.

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