Stew­ard rises to cake job

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH SHOW - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

RICH and dark, flat on top, and with an even size and dis­tri­bu­tion of fruit are the judges’ cri­te­ria.

For some, it’s the holy grail of the culi­nary sec­tion at the lo­cal show.

While the best rich dark fruit cake can­not com­pete for Cham­pion Cake of Show, the best en­try will com­pete for best in the Bur­nett re­gion, and the re­gional win­ner may com­pete at the Bris­bane ex­hi­bi­tion.

Es­mae Mor­gan and Anne Kenny have been stew­ards of the culi­nary sec­tion at Gayn­dah’s Show for about 30 years.

As the rich dark fruit cake is an ex­pen­sive cake to make, Ms Mor­gan said the show would re­ceive one or two en­tries per year.

By con­trast, the most pop­u­lar cakes would be the choco­late cake, or­ange bar cake, sponge roll and date loaf, she said.

The ju­nior sec­tion for 17 years and un­der may at­tract up to 15 en­tries, and the most artis­tic class would be the kids’ dec­o­rated cake, Ms Mor­gan said with a smile.

“You’ll get some in­ter­est­ing ones in the ju­nior sec­tion,” she said.

“They’ll have smar­ties and all sorts of things on them to dec­o­rate them; it’s just their imag­i­na­tion.”

While her mum used to be a stew­ard and judge years ago, it was not Ms Mor­gan’s in­spi­ra­tion to be­come a culi­nary stew­ard.

“Well, I started off on the flow­ers, and the ladies that were do­ing the cook­ing were too old and reached that age where they wanted to re­tire, so Anne and I took it on and we’ve been do­ing it ever since,” she said.

Af­ter a few years, she was in­vited to judge at the Mun­dub­bera Show and ac­cepted fur­ther in­vi­ta­tions from Bund­aberg, Childers, Monto and Eidsvold.

Ms Mor­gan rec­om­mended be­ing at­ten­tive to judges’ com­ments – ei­ther as an en­trant or as a stew­ard – to im­prove the chances of be­com­ing a cham­pion.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

YUM: Culi­nary stew­ard Es­mae Mur­gon takes the plunge into a rich dark fruit­cake.

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