Bristol Brunel win challenge judged by Junior Bake Off star

May 30 2022
Bristol Brunel win challenge judged by Junior Bake Off star

A TEAM from Bristol Brunel Academy triumphed in a baking battle involving hundreds of school pupils.

The team from the Speedwell secondary school had to produce a cake to impress a judging panel including Channel 4 Junior Bake Off runner-up Robbie Hedges and Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton in the "fiercely competitive" second annual Big Bake organised by Cabot Learning Federation.

Pupils from each secondary and primary school in the academy federation went to King’s Oak Academy in Kingswood to bake their cakes, with the teams judged on their creative flair and technical ability by Robbie, who is from Pucklechurch and was a finalist in last year's Junior Bake Off, and Josh, who won a Michelin star for his Chew Valley pub the Pony and Trap and also runs Root, Salt & Malt and the Kensington Arms in Bristol.

Federation chief executive Steve Taylor was also on the panel, who blind-tasted the cakes and gave bonus points were on offer for a bake linked to the CLF’s HEART (high expectations, equity, all children, resilience and togetherness) values.

There were also Bake Off-style technical challenges of biscuit decoration for primary pupils and scone-making for secondary school teams, which were marked by the judges and added to each school's overall score.

Bristol Brunel won the secondary section while the primary challenge was won by Summerhill Academy of St George.

CLF Executive Principal Kate Richardson said: "It was a fantastic afternoon to show our children that they are a part of something bigger; our Cabot Learning Federation family.

"We thoroughly enjoyed the baking, talking to the inspiring judges, being together again following the pandemic and of course, tasting the bakes!

"Congratulations to all of the pupils who took part.”

Caption: Representatives of the winning teams with Robbie Hedges of Junior Bake Off, CLF chief executive Steve Taylor and Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton.