Winners of the Finishing Touches national baking competition have been announced. Organised by the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA) in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs, this year’s annual award ceremony was held at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on Thursday 11 July 2019.
Now in its 12th year, Finishing Touches celebrates culinary talent in the industry and is open to authorities specialising in catering for education across the UK.
For 2019, the top prize ‘Best in Show’ was won by Lisa Miles from Knebworth Primary School, for her colourful three tier Rainbow Unicorn Cake in the Decorated Celebration Cake category. Submitted by Hertfordshire Catering Ltd (HCL), Miles was also awarded Gold for the Best in Class award and was one of six entrants from HCL.
Katherine Bridge from Breachwood Green School was awarded two silvers in the Cupcakes and Cake for Special Diet category, Kirsty Shead from the Sele, won two bronzes in the Cupcakes and Cheesecake categories. Mobile Cook Sean Chasney won two bronzes in the Individual Fruit Tartlets and Cheesecake category and Tina Lee from Adeyfield Academy, was awarded bronze in the Sculpted Cake category and a silver for in the Decorated Celebration Cake category. HCL contract supervisor, Heather McNair was awarded a bronze for her covered sponge.
“I can’t believe I won the Best in Show,” says Miles. “I am over the moon. The competition was really strong this year with some great cakes on display. I’m absolutely delighted to have won.”
“Lisa has an unbelievable skill set that has been self-taught after deciding to learn to make cakes, so she could have fun making exactly what her daughters wanted for their birthdays each year,” adds David Gower, Food Development Chef at HCL. “The cake itself is a masterpiece with a real fun element and some excellent precision finishing that set Lisa aside from the competition.”
The full list of winners are as follows:
Best in Show and Decorated Celebration Cake: Lisa Miles, HCL Ltd
Sculpted or Carved Cake: Helen Merritt, Taylor Shaw
Sweet Macaroons: Johnny Hodges, Surrey Commercial Services
Cheesecake: Danielle Wingfield, Leicestershire County Council
Cupcakes: Josefine Austin, Surrey Commercial Services
Cake for Special Diet: Cathryn Wilson, Taylor Shaw
Decorated Novelty Cake: Donna Osborne
Individual Fruit Tart: Marion Syder, Norse Group
Floral Sugarcraft: Mandy Ratcliffe, Doncaster Schools Catering
50% Fruit Dessert: Abigail Casbierd, Surrey Commerical Services
Biscuits: Anne-Marie Sanders, Caterlink
Chocolate Truffles: Joanna Gaspar, Taylor Shaw
Filled or Covered Sponge: Tracey Robinson, Taylor Shaw
Nikki Barnard: Traybake, Norse Group