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07 July 2016

Spaldwick Community Primary School is crowned McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2016

Premier Foods is delighted to announce that Spaldwick Community Primary School has been crowned the McDougalls Young Baking Team of the Year 2016. The team from Spaldwick, Cambridgeshire, baked their way to the top spot with its delicious and incredibly light Profiteroles

Pupils Maddie Thorpe, Rebecca Lucas and Daisy Ritchie, supported by school caterer Alison Leaver, used locally sourced eggs and strawberries in its recipe to adhere to the provenance criteria. 

Sarah Robb, Foodservice Channel Marketing Manager at Premier Foods, comments: “Provenance was the central theme of this year’s event and the children astounded with their creativity. We were very impressed by their dedication, enthusiasm and how involved they were in sourcing local ingredients. Spaldwick Community Primary School used eggs, which were laid by chickens owned by a friend of the team, and strawberries grown nearby to make their winning profiteroles. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the competition such an unbelievable success.”

The judges – Andrew Green, representing Craft Guild of Chefs; Carol Harwood, from LACA; and Mark Rigby, Executive Chef at Premier Foods - had the near impossible task of choosing an overall winner from the finalists. Spaldwick Community Primary School achieved high scores for teamwork, presentation, taste, aroma and texture. The school was awarded £1,000 worth of kitchen equipment, a prize which was presented to them by Peter McGrath, Chair of LACA, in front of a captive audience. 

Mark Rigby, comments: “We were all extremely impressed with the level of effort each team had gone to in their preparation for the live final. From Rising Phoenix Tear ‘n’ Share bread to Crumbly Summer Fruit Sponge, it was an incredibly tough decision, but ultimately Spaldwick Community Primary School stood out to us. To make choux pastry in under an hour and achieve the light texture that they did, is extremely impressive!”
Five schools were chosen to participate in the finals following a rigorous judging process. 

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