Dozens rise to the challenge at Wellingborough’s annual bake off event

Ana Matyas (chocolate winner), Erika Bryant (cupcake winner) and Christopher Foster (winner of young baker)
Ana Matyas (chocolate winner), Erika Bryant (cupcake winner) and Christopher Foster (winner of young baker)

The Great British Bake Off may be on the move, but organisers of Wellingborough’s own version of the show have said it will remain a focal point of the town centre calendar.

Just days after it was announced Channel 4 had snared the programme from the BBC, more than 60 amateur bakers got a slice of the action in the town’s annual cooking challenge held at Gloucester Place on Saturday.

Contestants rose to the challenge, whipping up delicious culinary delights in six different categories including a special Olympics-themed category.

Afterwards lucky visitors at the event were able to buy the sweet delights and a drink at Wellingborough’s first coffee afternoon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising almost £400 in the process.

John Cable, manager of the Wellingborough BID, which stages events to promote the town centre through its Discover Wellingborough campaign said: “The Great British Bake Off might be on the move, but we’re going nowhere.

“Once again the standards were high and the cakes spectacular.

“The event was a real celebration of Wellingborough, with the community coming together and the town centre buzzing with the delight and excitement of The Great Wellingborough Bake Off.”

The judging team made was given the tough task of deciding on a winner and runner-up in each category.

Erika Bryant, of Little Harrowden, triumphed in the cup cakes category and came second in the chocolate cake section to add to her prizes from previous years.

She said: “It was amazing to win again.

“It’s such a nice competition for the people of Wellingborough and surrounding villages to take part in.”

Christopher Foster, 13, from Stanwick, won the children’s category with a chocolate chai cake made with herbs from Wellingborough.

He said: “I was really pleased to win the great prizes, but also really pleased that the money raised from my cake will go to the Macmillan charity.”

Wellingborough mayor Malcolm Waters, who helped to judge, said: “Another wonderful event for the town centre organised by the Wellingborough BID.”

It is the fourth cake competition which has been organised by the Wellingborough BID to find Wellingborough’s star baker.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Olympic: Winner - Tina Henderson / Highly commended - Jennifer Kwarteng

Victoria sponge: Winner - Lisa Kightley / Highly commended - Michelle Baddock

Chocolate cake: Winner - Ana Matyas / Highly commended - Erika Bryant

Cup cakes: Winner - Erika Bryant / Highly commended - Natasha D’Amore

Children (12 to 16): Winner - Christopher Foster / Highly commended - Abbie Williams

Under 12s: Winner - Isabel Bedells / Highly commended - Charlotte Foster