Ireland’s ‘Best Student Baker’ Niamh Doyle.
14 finalists from secondary schools across Ireland went whisk to whisk last Friday to create an array of novelty cakes in the fourth annual CEIST All Ireland Bake-Off, which was organised with the support of Odlums. The aim of the bake-off was to encourage a new generation of bakers, with students asked to design, plan and bake a novelty cake.
Niamh Doyle from Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Suir, was chosen as the winner of the Senior category for her design. Niamh fought off extremely tough competition from the seven other finalists which showcased some magnificent creations.
Niamh Doyle from Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Suir, with Odlums ambassador Catherine Leyden.
The CEIST All Ireland Bake-Off has two categories - Junior (1st - 3rd year) and Senior (4th - 6th year). While students in the Junior category were asked to present a cake based on a theme they picked themselves, students in the Senior category were required to design, bake and decorate a cake around the theme of ‘Wellbeing’.
Hundreds of submissions were received from 110 schools nationwide and after a tough judging process, these entries were whittled down to just 14 entries. These 14 finalists took part in the bake-off final in Ardscoil na Trionóide in Athy, Co. Kildare, with six junior finalists and eight senior finalists working hard to create their cake in front of judges, which included Odlums ambassador Catherine Leyden. Over a three-hour duration, the finalists mixed, whisked, baked and iced their cakes to recreate their shortlisted designs.
For the past three years, Odlums have been a proud supporter of this initiative, witnessing first-hand the truly talented student bakers across the country. “It is always encouraging to see the high calibre of entries we receive every year from student’s around the country, and this year was no different. Watching our 2018 finalists pour their heart and soul into their designs, their passion for perfection and desire to create something truly unique has been eye-opening. We have a highly skilled and talented number of bakers across the country. Well done to everyone who submitted entries, to those shortlisted and our overall winners Niamh Doyle and Tara Maher, it has been a fantastic effort by all,” Catherine Leyden added.
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