The local community get a taste for Seevic
Thursday, 04 August 2016
Budding bakers are showing off their skills at Seevic College.
This summer, Catering Manager Justin Arnold and Head Chef Becca Blythe have been hosting a series of Bake Off Challenges where people from the local community have the chance to compete to be named best baker.
Everyone who attends the event at the college in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, bakes a variety of goodies including summer sausage rolls, raspberry and lemon drizzle cake and shortbread biscuits.
Over two weeks the college has seen around 150 people enjoy the daylong event and take home their tasty treats to share around.
Chef Justin said: “We wanted to bring local families into the college and give them the chance to cook together, and promote the Community Learning experience, and we’ve been very successful in this respect. We’ve had parents and carers in with their kids, but we’ve also had grandparents, aunties and uncles coming in too.
“It is great to see nervous kids coming in with little experience or with not much opportunity to bake at home and go home at the end of the day full of confidence. Everyone has created many wonderful baked goods that they are really proud of.
“We generate a competitive atmosphere which encourages team work, organisation skills and even helps push strong communication and numeracy skills. Baking is more than people think and it allows people to learn new transferable skills to help them succeed.
“At the end of the day there are smiles all round and the majority can’t wait to come back to see what else they are capable off.”
The Bake-Off Challenge takes place throughout half terms at the College and up to 100 people a week can attend. All competitors in the challenge receive a certificate for their hard work and there is also a prize for Chef Justin’s chosen Best Baker.
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