Apprentices to bake up tasty treats in new competition

Councillor Ian Hudspeth
Councillor Ian Hudspeth

Cooking apprentices are being challenged to sharpen up their kitchen skills and sign up for the ‘The Great Apprentice Bake-Off’.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week from March 11 to 15, apprentices who live or work in Oxfordshire can test their culinary skills in the inaugural baking competition.

The Bake-Off will be judged by a panel of ‘cakes-perts’ who will award points on criteria such as taste and presentation.

A panel of judges have been chosen to oversee the apprentices’ baking skills, including celebrity chef Lotte Duncan, BBC Oxford’s Jo Thoenes and Oxfordshire County Council leader Councillor Ian Hudspeth.

Mr Hudspeth said: “I have years of experience devouring cakes so judging this bake-off will ensure that those many years have not been wasted.

“The bake-off is a great way to kick off a week of exciting events in Oxfordshire to showcase the talent of apprentices and celebrate the contribution they make to our economy.”

The event will also help support Macmillan Cancer Support and HIT Training, which provides training in the hospitality and catering industry.

The bake-off is being held at county hall on March 11 and is open to anyone living or working in Oxfordshire.

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