A budding young 11-year-old baker rose to the challenge and wowed the judges at an international bread awards.
Christopher Foster baked up a unique loaf to enter into the World Bread Awards held at St John’s in Hyde Park, London, earlier this month.
The event was attended by industry experts alongside television presenters the Baker Brothers and Frances Quinn, the Market Harborough-based Great British Bake Off winner.
His bread, which Christopher, of Stanwick, named Me and my sister: what boys and girls are made of, had two faces, each baked containing different ingredients and proved to be a winning bake. Christopher said: “In my face I put garlic, olives and herbs and made a snail to put on the top.
“In my sister’s face I put raisins, currants and cinnamon and topped it with plaits and bows.
“I used a basic bread recipe and added in the flavours I thought would be tasty.
“I also made an Indian sizzling sun bread which had very special spicy flavours in.”
The judges were so impressed with Christopher’s creation that they awarded him first prize – which included a KitchenAid stand mixer which the 11-year-old says he will use to make more future creations.
Christopher’s mum Sue said: “Christopher has always loved baking. When people ask him why he always says that he just likes to make people happy by making them bread or cakes.”
The award was not Christopher’s first brush with culinary glory.
Earlier this year he took first place in the children’s category of the world jam-making competition – called the World Jampionships – and in March he and his younger sister Charlotte won first prize in the children’s section of the World’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards.