The day we have all been waiting for is finally here and what a fantastic few months it has been! The eagerly awaited last hurdle in the increasingly heated competition saw Sam, Lou & Emilie battling it out for the top spot to achieve the status of Amara’s Star Baker! I know I say every week that the competition has stepped up, but the baking levels this week have been truly outstanding, so much so that it was heart-breaking to have to cut into them (but we still did).
- Bake A: Kransekake Cake by Sam Hood
- Bake B: Fruity Parcels by Emilie Baker
- Cake C: Winter Wonderland by Louise Rankin
Celebrity chef Mark Baumann was on hand to taste the final bakes and to present the winner with their Star Baker Trophy & £200 restaurant voucher and to of course provide his expert opinions on the glorious entries.
And the winner of the 2013 Amara Charity Bake Off is… (drum roll please)
Louise Rankin with her spectacular Winter Wonderland Gingerbread House!
A very well deserved winner of the first Amara Bake Off who genuinely could not have put more effort in if they tried!
Whilst we have enjoyed the excitement of sampling a smorgasbord of culinary delights every week, we have never lost sight of why we are really doing this – to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. We are now extremely happy to announce that we have raised a whopping £1,149 which is a fantastic 129% above our original target! Amara Marketing Assistant Kristy Barber chose The Cystic Fibrosis Trust as The Bake Off Charity and had this to say on the event:
‘After losing my close friend to the condition earlier this year I was so happy that Amara decided to raised money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and I’m absolutely thrilled at how much money we’ve raised. When we set a target of £500 I would never had thought we’d raise over double that & I’m so grateful to everyone that donated’.
We at Amara are so proud to be able to support such a wonderful charity, that offers invaluable support to people living with the condition and their families.
The first Great Amara Charity Bake Off could not have gone any better and it is now set to become an annual event. Stay tuned for more updates on Amara’s charity fundraising events in 2014.
I will leave you with Amara’s CEO Andrew Hood’s final words on the success of The Bake Off…
‘In many ways The Bake Off epitomises everything that makes Amara a unique place to work. Every single member of the team was asked to bake one dish, something that came easily to some and proved challenging to others. Regardless of any one individual’s cooking experience, the standard was incredible; I wouldn’t say the staff are competitive but…! Equally as impressive though was the desire to raise a meaningful amount of money for a charity close to one of the girls in the marketing team. Spanning a period of 13 weeks the same 25 people gave generously week in week out, which is something that I’m very proud of. ‘
Which was your favourite bake?