THE BAK­ING

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - TASTE OF ABU DHABI -

It’s a re­flec­tion of just how pow­er­ful the buzzy bak­ing trend is that for the first time this year Taste of Abu Dhabi is de­vot­ing a whole tent to it. A se­ries of mas­ter­classes are on deck fea­tur­ing Abu Dhabibased bak­ers as well as in­ter­na­tional pas­try ex­perts in­clud­ing Omar Or­fali, who as part of the Or­fali Broth­ers pro­motes the craft of Alep­pian sweets.

At last check there were al­ready 30 peo­ple regis­tered for the first-ever Big Bak­ing Tent Bake Off, Satur­day from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, spon­sored by the In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Culi­nary Arts (ICCA) in Dubai. Con­tes­tants are to bring a cake they cre­ated at home for judg­ing, with a chance to win bak­ing cour­ses from ICCA worth Dh25,000.

The panel of judges in­cludes Lan­lard and ICCA chef Maia Tsakanov, who warn con­tes­tants in ad­vance to make sure their cakes are not harmed dur­ing trans­porta­tion to Yas Is­land.

Tsakanov plans to come armed with ques­tions that will re­veal whether the con­tes­tant ac­tu­ally made the cake. If she finds out they haven’t, they’ll be dis­qual­i­fied.

As for guide­lines, “it’s up to them and their imag­i­na­tion and their creativ­ity,” she says. “It has to be colour­ful, be­cause the re­quire­ment was to make a cake fol­low­ing the Car­ni­val theme.”

Lan­lard dubbed his Bak­ing Master­class ses­sions a “bake-a-long”, as 24 par­tic­i­pants fol­low his lead. He ex­pects “in­ter­est­ing” re­sults.

“I’ll be walk­ing around and try­ing to guide them,” he says. “You know some­one is go­ing to burn their cookie and some are not go­ing to be cooked…”

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