Aston Marina names the winners of its charity ‘Bake-off’ competition

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With the 2016 Great British Bake Off champion having recently been crowned, Stone’s very own star bakers have been recognised following a charity bake-off style event organised by Aston Marina.

The event raised over £50 for local children’s hospice charity the Donna Louise Trust, with all proceeds from entries going direct to the cause. The competition was split into two sections – 1) A flavoured savoury loaf and 2) A sponge cake of your choice, both of which were hotly contested, as marina director Helen Webb explains:

“The bake-off event has been great fun – we were really impressed with the standard of entries across the board and, as foodies, the chance to sample so many great bakes was a real pleasure. The Donna Louise Trust does amazing work, and it’s a charity we are proud to support – watch this space for news of future fundraising initiatives and events.”

Cake section winner - Samantha Carnall with farm shop manager Gill Howe
Cake section winner – Samantha Carnall with farm shop manager Gill Howe

Entries were judged by members of the marina’s kitchen and deli team, who had a tough challenge picking a winner due to the overall quality of the cakes and breads submitted. However, following much deliberation, they selected a winner in each category to receive a food hamper worth £50 packed with goodies from the marina’s award-winning farm shop.

The Bread section winner  Jonathan Tilley receives his prize from Gill Howe
The Bread section winner Jonathan Tilley receives his prize from Gill Howe

The victor in the savoury loaf section is Jonathan Tilley for his Parmesan, Parsnip & Red Onion Loaf, which the judges deemed a

“Delicious savoury loaf, perfectly seasoned and very moreish.”

The winning bread!
The winning bread!

Whilst in the sponge cake category, Samantha Carnall’s excellent Chocolate & Orange Sponge Cake won the judges over, with them describing a

“Lovely, balanced chocolate and orange flavour, a light and moist sponge.  Excellent Cake.”

For more details on forthcoming events at Aston Marina, visit www.astonmarina.co.uk