An illustrious lineup scheduled for Bake International

By Gill Hyslop contact

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Get creative and show off your skills in Cake International's brand-new competition. Pic: GettyImages/Ariel Skelley
Get creative and show off your skills in Cake International's brand-new competition. Pic: GettyImages/Ariel Skelley

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A Great British Bake Off finalist, master bakers, award-winning authors and elite industry veterans are among those demonstrating their skills at Bake International, being hosted alongside Cake International at the NEC, Birmingham from 4-6 November.

The new Bake International is sponsored by Renshaw and hosts workshops and demonstrations from bakers and Cake International exhibitors.

Taking centre stage on the demonstration theatre on 4 November is Jane Dunn, author of Jane’s Patisserie – the fastest-selling baking book of all time and third bestselling cookbook since records began.

Joining her on the Friday is Richard Bertinet, founder of Bertinet Bakery, Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School and author of six award-winning cookery books.

Great British Bake Off finalist Chigs Parmar and receiver of two Hollywood handshakes and first ever vegan contestant Freya Cox will demonstrate live on the Saturday.

Show off your skills

With entries from around the world already pouring in for Cake International’s prestigious competition,​ the organisers want to encourage even more bakers to get creative.

The competition is open to both amateur and professional bakers and features six categories:

  • Sourdough loaf
  • Breadbasket suitable for a breakfast buffet, including a minimum of three products of the competitors choice;
  • A dough display with an autumn harvest theme
  • Naked rich fruit cake
  • Drip cake
  • Afternoon tea comprising 12 pastries of three different types.

“We are delighted to welcome our baking stars to the Bake International Theatre and know that our visitors will be enthralled by their demonstrations,”​ said trade show organiser Mel Underwood.

“Our brand-new baking competition gives bakers a unique chance to show off their skills, compete with other bakers from around the world and get valuable feedback from our industry respected judges.

“Like the sugar craft competition at sister show Cake International, we are expecting high standards and strong competition as well as an atmosphere of complete baking immersion.”

Head judge is baking and confectionery professional David Close, working with deputy head Jane Hatton, lecturer for creative confectionery at Southbank University National Bakery School.

Entries will be tasted by the judges and all competitors will receive individual written feedback. Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show. Deadline for entry is 9 October and includes a small entry fee, which includes entry to the show. Winners will be announced at the show on 6 November.

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