Primary school catering manager crowned Big School Bake Off winner

Sarah Levenson, catering manager from Lordsgate Township CofE Primary school, has been crowned winner of competition the Big School Bake Off, organised by Unilever Food Solutions.

The finalists were tasked with preparing their own styled ‘afternoon tea’ – which included a scone filled with homemade jam, a madeleine, and a pastry inspired by their region – all using Stork margarine, a brand supporter of the competition.

Contestants had to create 12 bite-size portions of each item, to test their uniformity. In addition to consistency across all 12 portions, judges were looking for creativity, taste and visual appeal.

It was a tough decision for the judging panel to name their champion, but they were particularly impressed with Levenson’s creations.

Levenson said: “I can’t believe I’ve won. It’s amazing. I was so nervous. I came into the final to enjoy the experience and show my baking ability. The hardest part of the day for me was not knowing the kitchen and sticking to the time. But, once I started cooking, my nerves subsided.

“I’d definitely recommend to all school caterers across the country to enter this competition. It’s so much fun and you meet so many great people. I’ve certainly made some fantastic friends throughout the process and I’m looking forward to entering again next year.”

Levenson also takes home a £100 love2shop voucher as well as a day at her school with 2011 Great British Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley, who will host a baking extravaganza.

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