The Student Common Room in the School of Modern Languages was transformed yesterday to resemble the eponymous Bake Off tent. Contestants, including staff and students, carefully brought forward their showstoppers which on this occasion had to resemble a Francophone landmark.
Prizes would be awarded for originality of idea, taste and overall winner.
Poppy Smith, organiser of the event and a first year student of French and Italian, was one of the panel of judges alongwith Soraya Blackmore from the Department of French. It was also a pleasure to welcome as the professional judge, food writer Xanthe Clay.
With all the entries lined up, it was a tense time whilst the judges took in the concept for each landmark and of course, its taste! With entries including a volcano in the Congo, Arc de Triomphe and the Museum in Marseille it was going to be a difficult decision.
The results were:
Overall Winner: Hannah McTear and Christi du Toit for their creation 'Alp d'Huez' whose prize included one of Xanthe's latest books
Best overall concept winner: Hannah Pearch, Sophie Oldfield and Rachel Moscardini for their creation 'Moulin Rouge'
Best taste: Charlie Phillips for their vegan lemon drizzle creation of a Paris Metro car.
Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took part. All those who attended had the added bonus of being able to taste the entries for themselves and make up their own minds!
Xanthe came to food writing, what she describes as "probably the best job in the world", through an circuitous route. Bunking off university, she backpacked through the Sudan, Egypt and Sinai, across China and around South America, before settling down in London to work as a cookery book seller. In her mid twenties she trained as a chef at Leith’s and worked as a chef and caterer in the West Country before starting the Readers’ Recipe column for the Telegraph. Since then she's worked on both food and cookery features for Weekend Telegraph, as well as contributing to Good Food magazine, olive magazine, delicious magazine and Sainsburys magazine. She has also written five cookery books, the latest of which is The Contented Cook.