Catherine Leyden, judge at Odlums' All Ireland Bake Off 2018
Students from 14 secondary schools across Ireland will be mixing, whipping, sprinkling and icing an array of novelty cakes next week in a bid to become Ireland’s ’Best Student Baker’.
The students are taking part in the third annual ‘CEIST All Ireland Bake-Off’, which is organised with the support of Odlums, Ireland’s favourite home-baking brand. The aim of the ‘Bake-Off’ is to encourage a new generation of bakers, with students asked to design, plan and bake a novelty cake.
Tipperary is represented this year by Rachel Ryan, St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary Town and Niamh Doyle, Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-an-Suir.
Hundreds of submissions were received from 110 schools nationwide and these have now been whittled down to the final 14 entries. The ‘Bake Off’ final will take place on Friday March 9th when seven junior finalists and seven senior finalists will create their cake in front of judges, including Catherine Leyden, in Ardscoil na Trionóide in Athy, Co. Kildare. The finalists will have three hours to bake and decorate their cakes.
For the past three years, Odlums have been a proud supporter of this initiative, witnessing first-hand the truly talented student bakers we have across the country.
Catherine Leyden, Odlums’ brand ambassador and a home baking expert, is one of the competition judges and she says: “It is always fantastic to see the high calibre of entries we receive every year from student’s around the country, and this year is no different. Baking is a life-long skill and to witness the creation of these incredible cakes really is something really special. I am delighted that Odlums and I can be part of this very special event and I’m really looking forward to encouraging students to pick up the wooden spoon and mixing bowl for many years to come. I want to wish each of this year’s finalists the very best of luck.”
The ‘CEIST All Ireland Bake-Off’ has two categories - Junior (1st – 3rd year) and Senior (4th – 6th year). While students in the Junior category have been asked to present a cake based on a theme they have chosen themselves, students in the Senior category are required to design, bake and decorate a cake around the theme of ‘Wellbeing’.
The 2018 Junior finalists are:
Sadhbh Ryan, Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally, Limerick
Tara Maher, Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Ciara Mulligan, Coláiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare
Gina McGuirk, Rockford Manor, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Hannah Murray, St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Fay O’ Donovan, Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon, Co. Cork
Rachel O’ Grady, Scoil Muire gan Smál, Co. Roscommon
The 2018 Senior finalists are:
Maja Gliszcynska, Ardscoil na Tríonoide, Athy, Co. Kildare
Abbie Deveraux, Presentation Secondary School, Wexford
Melody Mc Guirk, Rockford Manor, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Orlaith O’ Brien, Presentation Secondary School, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Rachel Ryan, St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary
Niamh Doyle, Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-an-Suir, Co. Tipperary
Ava Hovenden, Presentation College, Athenry, Co. Galway
Originally established in Portlaoise by the Odlum family in 1845, Odlums has been an integral part of Irish baking and cooking for generations. To this day, Odlums are dedicated to developing the finest quality ingredients and products at their Mill in Portarlington. Co. Laois.
CEIST, the ‘Catholic Education, An Irish Schools' Trust’ is the Trustee body for 110 Voluntary Catholic Secondary Schools in Ireland. CEIST is a joint trusteeship comprising congregations of the Sisters of Mercy, Presentation Sisters, Daughters of Charity, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Sisters of the Christian Retreat and has been in existence since 2007.
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