Retirement village’s Christmas cake-off
Resident picks up trophy in national baking competition
I can see the enjoyment and
satisfaction people get out of making the
A RETIREMENT village hosted a Christmas cake-making contest, with people entering from around the UK.
The final of the national baking contest was held at Denham Garden Village on Wednesday last week.
Nestle’s executive development chef Steve Oram was one of the judges at the event, which involved people from retirement homes across the UK showing off their best Christmas cake making skills.
After more than 200 were entered in seven regional competitions, 63 made it through to the final, focussing on a theme of the importance of Christmas.
One of the residents of Denham Garden Village, Joan Emms, picked up the trophy for third place with her Father Christmas-inspired cake. The annual contest was organised by Anchor Trust, which runs Denham Garden Village, and other retirement communities in the UK.
Anchor’s catering manager Richard Herne said: “This competition is so important for our residents as baking is an enjoyable activity they would have done with their families when they were younger.
“Even those with very advance dementia have fond memories of the festive season which can be evoked by the smell and taste of Christmas cake.
“I can see the enjoyment and satisfaction people get out of making the cakes, and the stories behind them bring a tear to my eye.”
TASTE TEST: (From left) David Byrne of Anchor Trust, judge Rob Martin, third prize winner Joan Emms and organiser Richard Herme at Denham Garden Village