Published: September 29, 2013
In photos: Local bakers compete at Great Burnham-On-Sea Bake Off

Dozens of home-made cakes and pies went on display when 40 local bakers competed in The Great Burnham Bake Off during the town's popular Food Festival on Saturday.

Cathy Bird, pictured above, won the overall champion's trophy after her delicious chicken and ham pie was judged to be the best entry in the show.

The bakers battled it out for the top spot - with the entries being assessed by Conservative parliamentary candidate James Heappey, young chef Madeline Francis and Dr Jane Guise, CEO of the Bath and West Show.

The competition, sponsored by Burnham's Positive Wealth Creation, also saw prizes presented to Katie Lawson (bread), Tricia Taylor (professional cake), Iris Michin (individual cake), Cathy Bird (individual pie), Kendra Kington ( bread) and Rachel and Sophia Hurley (family cake).

Among the cake entries was one of Burnham lighthouse and the town's rescue hovercraft, right, by Burnham's MP Tessa Munt which was judged by her election rival James Heappey!

James told after judging: "Her cake was superb - it tasted great. She really can make super shortbread. It's been a lot of fun judging."

"The entries were of an incredibly high standard overall and I was really impressed with the creativity shown. It was a great event to judge, although I am feeling rather full and probably won't need to eat for a week!"

Sponsor Alex Turco from Positive Wealth Creation said: "We are really pleased to be involved in the Bake Off again. It was great to see the event so well supported again. A big thank you goes to everyone who entered, the judges and the festival organisers."

Tricia Taylor being presented the trophy for best professional cake by sponsor Alex Turco and organiser Bev Milner Simonds

This vegetable-themed cake caught the eye and the taste buds of the judges

Kendra Kington won the top award in the bread category

Cathy Bird with her certificate for the best pie which went on to get best in show

This superb harvest-themed cake was one of the colourful cakes on show

Kate Lawson receiving her bread certificate from Alex Turco

This colourful cake scooped the awsard for best family entry

Rachel and Sophia Hurley with their award-wining cake in the family category

MP Tessa Munt with James Heappey, Alex Turco and Bev Milner Simonds


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