Top bakers contend for crown at city bake off

From left, Kate Ormerod, assistant general manger, Ed Goodenough, technical planning manager, Alesha Ormerod, general manager and Pawel Porebski, head chef of Canoe Lake Leisure
From left, Kate Ormerod, assistant general manger, Ed Goodenough, technical planning manager, Alesha Ormerod, general manager and Pawel Porebski, head chef of Canoe Lake Leisure
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THE winner of the Great Portsmouth Bake Off is set to be revealed.

Sixteen bakers will see their cakes judged at a free Christmas event on Saturday afternoon at Greens Cafe, near Canoe Lake in Southsea.

Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, Ed Goodenough organised the event – supported by The News – for Canoe Lake Leisure last month.

He said: ‘I’m really looking forward to it.

‘It’s great that a small idea in the office can be brought to life like this.

‘Sixteen is a good number, just right actually, so hopefully everyone that comes along will get to try some cake.’

Hosted at the cafe, the competition aims to find the city’s best cake-maker.

The best bake’s recipe will be guaranteed a place on the cafe’s menu for a year.

The winner will have their name displayed next to the cake and will also be presented with a commemorative plaque.

The News’ deputy head of content Pete Gavan will be joined on the judging panel by Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond and Alesha Ormerod from Canoe Lake Leisure, with a representative from The Pyramids in Southsea.

Both taste and presentation will be considered by the judges, who will announce a winner and a runner-up after judging between 2pm and 4pm has finished.

Ed added: ‘I don’t know what the standard will be like – we’ll have to wait and see.

‘It’ll be exciting to see what everyone brings.’

Ed wants the competition to become an annual fixture in the calendar after this year’s successful debut.

All the bakers registered online or via a News registration form in November, with all but one of the title hopefuls being over 18.

Members of the public are invited to Saturday’s event from midday at the cafe, with donkey rides on offer for £3 until 4pm.

Families can also enjoy carol singing and Father Christmas giving presents to children.