14 year-old Miriam Looby from Clerihan Foróige Club beat off stiff competition to win the regional final of the National Junior Baking Competition, sponsored by Aldi in association with Foróige and the National Ploughing Association, which was held in Mallow last Saturday.
Participants qualified for the regional leg of the competition having won their county heats.
Her success means that Miriam is now through to the final stages of the competition, which takes place at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from September 20 – 22.
The competition theme is ‘Muffins of the Moment’ and Miriam wowed the judges in this round by baking Malteaser Muffins.
The final in Cork was the first of four regional finals to be held around the country, with eight budding bakers chosen to go forward to the national semi-finals.
The other regional finals will take place in Sligo, Dublin and Athlone.
Rachael Murphy, Director of Support Services with youth organisation Foróige said “In Foróige we pride ourselves on being a place that helps young people discover what they are passionate about, and for an ever-growing number of young people, baking is a real passion.
For these young bakers this is a great and empowering opportunity to demonstrate their skills and learn from other like-minded young people and our panel of expert judges."