Tim Mann, head chef of Patisserie Mark Bennett in Poole, Dorset has judged a charity bake-off in aid of Poole Housing Partnership’ s (PHP’s) Creative Arts for Dementia.

Mann, from the Baking Industry Awards’ 2015 Craft Business winner, Patisserie Mark Bennett, judged the competition in nearby Oakdale this week, designed to raise money for people with dementia.

The craft bakery firm, which has three branches in Poole, also put Mann on hand during the contest, entitled The Great PHP Bake Off, to answer questions and pass on his tips to help create beautiful bakes.

Claire Wade, PHP community involvement officer, said: “Tim ran an interesting Q and A where he offered bakers advice on avoiding soggy bottoms and preparing perfect Yorkshire puds.”

Baker of the Year 2014

Patisserie Mark Bennett’s owner, Mark Bennett, was crowned Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards in 2014, and Bennett was famously approached to make the royal wedding cake for the Duke and Duchess of York when they married in 1986.

Creative Arts for Dementia workshops are open to anyone who has been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia and their carers.