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  • Southsea cafe launches Bake Off competition
  • People across the area could have their bake sold at cafe
  • Winner will receive a special plaque
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IF you watched the Great British Bake Off saying to yourself ‘I’d love to do that’... well, now you can.

A Southsea cafe is holding the Great Portsmouth Bake Off with the aim of finding the area’s best cake-makers.

I heard about the success of the Great British Bake Off and I thought it would be fun to open it up to the people of Portsmouth to engage their imagination a bit

Ed Goodenough, Canoe Lake Leisure

Greens Cafe, next to Canoe Lake, is looking for entrants to produce a cake, with the winner having theirs put on the menu for the next year.

Supported by The News, the competition will see bakers cook up their best cakes and bring them along to be judged at the final next month.

Ed Goodenough, of Canoe Lake Leisure, is the man who came up with the idea.

He added: ‘We’ve been looking at what fun things we can do over the winter months. I heard about the success of the Great British Bake Off and I thought it would be fun to open it up to the people of Portsmouth to engage their imagination a bit.’

Kate Ormerod is the assistant general manager at Canoe Lake Leisure.

She said: ‘We work very closely with the local community.

‘We source all our food as locally as we can.

‘We’re looking to change our menu and we’re looking for ideas from the public.’

The winner’s recipe will be shared with the chef who will then replicate it to sell in the cafe.

Their name will be displayed next to the cake and they will win a plaque to display at home.

Kate added: ‘People have ideas that they might have passed on from their grandmother that make their recipes better.

‘There are some good bakers out there. How often do you get a chance to bake something and then be on someone’s menu?’

The judges will be Alesha Ormerod, from Canoe Lake Leisure, Pete Gavan, deputy head of content at The News, and a representative from The Pyramids in Southsea.

The competition is open to all 
ages and people are invited to make any cake.

Both taste and presentation will be considered by the judges.

To enter the competition, fill out the form on page 3 of The News today or apply online at canoelakeleisure.co.uk