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Check out the impressive Big University Bake entries!

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With all the recent hype on TV, we were inspired to put on an event all about baking. You may be familiar with the event we're talking about....the Big University Bake, complete with special star guest, Martha Collison, the youngest event contestant on the Great British Bake Off!

In collaboration with Inox Dine and various others across Accommodation & Commercial Services (ACS), we at Residence Life spent the day surrounded by delicious cakes and other sweet and savoury bakes! Approximately 30 students and staff entered our baking competition, competing in a number of categories, including Whole Cakes, Cupcakes and Savoury Bakes & Pastry. Martha spent the afternoon tasting the different bakes along with TV chef and presenter, Joe Hurd. They were also joined by professional chefs in ACS and the Students' Union President. The judging panel did an excellent job in trying all the bakes and picking out the winners.

Later in the afternoon, we learned all about how Martha juggled practising bakes for the Great British Bake Off alongside her A Levels in a Q&A session hosted by TV chef and presenter, Joe Hurd. She even did a demonstration, showing us how to make madeleines. At the end, the winners of the baking competition were announced and the proud winners received their prizes.

We are excited to announce that the winners were...

Category winners:

Student Whole Cakes - Eleanor Golton 

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Staff Whole Cakes - Heather Bellamy

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Student Cupcakes - Grace Mold

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Staff Cupcakes - Hannah Postles

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Savoury Bakes & Pastry - Matt Sutcliffe

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Overall winners:

Student Baker of the Year - Eleanor Golton

Staff Baker of the Year - Heather Bellamy

With help from the team at Development, Alumni Relations and Events (DARE), we then hosted a bake sale with the bakes that the competition entrants kindly donated. We are pleased to announce that we raised £120 for the Sheffield Scanner appeal. The University is raising £2 million to establish a ground-breaking MRI-PET facility which will transform our understanding of serious conditions like cancer, dementia, heart and lung diseases, MND, Parkinson's and stroke and the way we treat them in the future. So your contribution really means a lot!

Click here to view some of the photos from the day on our Facebook page. Don't forget to like our Facebook page while you're there!

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