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Mentor's Macmillan Bake Off

Recently, each Mentorian pre-heated their ovens and rolled up their sleeves in the hope of being crowned Mentor’s ‘star baker’.

In support of Macmillan’s ‘World’s biggest coffee morning’, we transformed our boardroom with bunting, balloons and an impressive spread of sweet and savoury bakes, which catered for a range of dietary requirements.

Our Bake Off inspired competition was organised and judged by Client Services Director, Hannah with the help of co-judge Account Executive, Kat, who has admitted to ‘‘getting into character by watching Bake Off episodes in the lead up to the big day.’’

Armed with this expert knowledge, Hannah and Kat made their way around the table, sampling an impressive cross section of baked goods including; sausage rolls, chocolate cakes, pies, tortes, biscuits, brownies, cheesecake and trifles, as the team watched on in anticipation. With some new faces this year, including chef-turned-HR-Manager, Sarah Worth, the pressure was on.


Scott scoping out the competition

Tom wowed the dairy free among us with his rich and chocolatey torte and Scott blew everyone away with his macarons, commenting ''Whoever said these were difficult to make were macawrong''.

Marija delighted everyone with her chocolate brownie, a tried and tested Jamie Oliver recipe. She started baking early on the morning of the event, so that she could bring her brownie in while it was still warm. Marija came an extremely well deserved second place.

However, the proof of the pudding (or cake in this case) proved to be in the eating, as our worthy winner and keen baker Paola Warr was handed the apron for her indulgent Irish cream coffee cake. Despite being ‘’the unanimous first choice by far’’ for both judges, Paola was surprised to be crowned the winner;

Star baker

I wasn’t really expecting to win as there were other cakes which were really good and tasted lovely. I was really excited when Hannah said I was the winner, I’ve still got the apron and I use it every time I bake

Paola Warr - Mentor Bake Off Champion 2019

Runners up included; Sales and Production Manager’s Rosanna for her vegan chocolate cake, while points for originality were scored for Creative Director, Rob for his biscuit interpretation of Mentor’s ping pong championship, which was held later that day.

The team had a fantastic morning and raised over £100 in support of Macmillan’s fight against cancer.

Cutting the cake

A healthy helping

Rosanna's vegan cake

Graham's sausage rolls

Scott's impressive macarons

Paola's winning coffee cake

Rob's ping pong creations

Sarah's apple tart