Two Tameside College bakery students recently had the chance to visit the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Banbury, after winning an all-expenses-paid trip.

Fay Corrigan and Rebekah Simpson won the prize after competing in the California Raisins’ Future Baker Competition 2010, held at the Baking Industry Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham in March last year. The students had to work as part of a team, and bake in front of a live audience.

The students, accompanied by Tameside tutor Lorna Jones, attended the three-day trip last month, and produced items, including chocolate brownies, alongside other delegates.

They also took part in the Chocolate Patisserie course, which demonstrated their presentation skills when displaying afternoon tea and counter products, said the college.

“The opportunity to visit the Chocolate Academy was a fantastic experience. The course was exceptional and the trip around the factory helped bring the theory to life,” commented Jones.

“Rebekah and Fay were nervous working in front of the other delegates at first, but once they started, their baking skills took over and they felt very comfortable.”

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