Star baker from Stanwick rises to the challenge at World Bread Awards

Charlotte receiving her award
Charlotte receiving her award

A young baker from Stanwick rose to the challenge and came away with a win at the World Bread Awards 2016.

Charlotte Foster was a finalist in the award’s young baker under-12 category and made a lemon curd and cream cheese plait in a bid to go on and claim the top prize.

Among the judges was Martha Collison, a quarter finalist in the Great British Bake Off in 2014, who spoke to Charlotte afterwards and said how much she had enjoyed her bread.

But it wasn’t just Martha who was impressed as Charlotte went on to be named as the winner of her category.

Her prizes included a KitchenAid stand mixer, a chocolate heart made by UK chocolatier Sciolti, a special Tiptree jam with the words finalist printed onto the label and a chocolate plaque.

Writing on the family’s Jammy Bakers blog, Charlotte said: “I met Martha Collison who judged my bread, and she also signed her book, Twist, which I got for my birthday just a few days ago.

“She said how much she enjoyed my bread and that it was great that I made my own lemon curd.

“I also chatted to some other judges who had tasted my bread.

“After we’d had some fancy canapes and tasty treats, we sat down for the awards ceremony.

“When I heard my name being called, I was very surprised.

“I was told there was some brilliant entries on the judging table.”

Once her new stand mixer arrives, Charlotte is looking forward to trying out some of the recipes from Martha’s book.

But Charlotte is not alone in her winning ways as brother Christopher has won numerous awards for his baking, including at this year’s Bake Off event organised by Wellingborough BID.

Their mum Sue is also an accomplished baker and won the scone category with a Roquefort and walnut scone at the World Bread Awards in 2015.

As well as baking cakes and bread, the family likes to make jams and preserves, and have competed at numerous competitions, including the Real Jam Festival and the World Jampionships.