Sunday 14 February 2016

Meeting Mr Bean (no, not THAT Mr Bean) at the Bakes and Cakes show

You might remember that in 2014 something amazing happened. I got to meet Mary Berry when my cookies won first prize at the BBC Good Food Bakes and Cakes show in London. Lots of other amazing things have happened with my cooking adventures since then too...

I won at Kent Cooks that year which was an awesome experience as I got to cook in a proper professional kitchen.

Then last year I got to cook with Edd Kimber which was brilliant as he was really fun.

So I thought that was enough exciting things to have happened. But then when I saw that the 2015 BBC Good Food Bakes and Cakes show had 'London Landmarks' as the theme for the baking competition, I had the idea of making 'The London Pie' which is a play on words about my favourite London Landmark which is The London Eye.

I had made some hot water crust Cornish pasties before and so I really wanted to do a hot water crust pastry pie as I like making hot water crust pastry. You can see the recipe for the pie I made here.

It was a really good day in London as I got to see lots of my favourite chefs like Jo Wheatley. I like making her recipes as I made her pannetone before.
 We also saw Marcus Bean who is great.
 And the lady at Bake Box showed me how to decorate a Christmas star really nicely.

This year the Bakes and Cakes show was part of the BBC Good Food show so there was lots to see and do!

Then it was time for the announcement of the winners - I really really didn't think I stood a chance because there were so many great entries. Most were cakes or biscuit buildings and mine was the only pie so I really didn't have high hopes.

I couldn't believe it when my name was called as runner up in the junior category!!!

I won a signed Paul Hollywood cookery book, a magimix icecream maker and a ticket to see the Paul Hollywood theatre session. I was secretly really pleased not to win first prize as that was to meet Paul Hollywood and I find him a bit scary on TV so I didn't want that.

When I saw him in the theatre session he actually seemed nice and he was funny too.

 He made a fougasse bread, cut it up and threw it into the audience.

 My mum managed to catch a piece for me! (it tasted good)

Overall we had a really great day out! 


  1. Wow, what an amazing baking year you've had! I'm sure you'll win even more things in 2016, including meeting Mr P Hollywood - I bet he's a softie really when you wow him with a cookie or two :-)
    Angela x

  2. Congratulations on getting placed in the junior category! Glad it was such as good day out.


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