Cakes, bakes and faith

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MORE THAN 200 peo­ple flocked to St James Church in Ger­rards Cross to join the youngest ever con­tes­tant on the Great Bri­tish Bake Off and award win­ner Martha Col­li­son.

Baker, choca­latier and pat­tissier Martha led an au­di­ence as they watched her cre­ate cakes and other culi­nary de­lights.

Martha and chef com­pan­ion Will Tor­rent have a strong Chris­tian faith and are pas­sion­ate sup­port­ers of Tear­fund, a char­ity which helps in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties in some of the poor­est places on our planet. They also shared sto­ries about their be­liefs and their trips with Tear­fund to Cam­bo­dia and Africa.

Dur­ing the live Q&A ses­sion Martha talked about her Bake Off ap­pear­ance in 2014 at the age of only 17, while she was do­ing her AS lev­els.

Will dis­cussed his ca­reer which started, at the age of 15, when he had a week’s work ex­pe­ri­ence with He­ston Blu­men­thal at the Fat Duck restau­rant in Bray.

He has since won nu­mer­ous awards and worked with top chefs, such as Gary Rhodes and Brian Turner.

He is cur­rently a patis­serie con­sul­tant to Waitrose where he helped cre­ate the Di­a­mond Jubilee Pic­nic Ham­per.

Cu­rate at St James Church, Di Row­land­son, said: “It was such a fun evening.

“The event was the kick off to this term’s Al­pha, a course where peo­ple can ex­plore the Chris­tian faith in a re­laxed way.” Visit www.sain­t­james.org.uk or con­tact 01753 883 311 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Bake!: Martha Col­li­son and Will Tor­rent get cre­ative at St James Church

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