2010 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Cupcake Cookoff
On Thursday 18 March 2010 there was a cupcake competition for high school students held at William Angliss Institute in Melbourne.
This was the fourth year that the Annual Schools Cook-Off Championship has been held during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
No formal training
160 students from 17 different schools entered four identical cupcakes on the day to show what they could do. All the students had no formal training and learnt their skills within a cooking class, at home, from trial and error or a combination of all three.
The time the students were given in preparation for this event varied immensely between each school. Six schools were briefly interviewed.
The classes ranged in duration from four weeks down to as little as just one week. The timeframe for making their final entry varied from seven hours down to just two hours, plus some time on the side making the extra pieces of decorations.
The timeframe for turning up and registering was 45 minutes and students turned up from all across the state. The furthest school came from Shepparton, and there were many local schools from around Melbourne.
How do you judge a cupcake?
At 10:15am the cutting of the cakes began. One of the four cakes submitted was cut in half so that the judges could see what the inside looked like and felt like.
The job of the six judges was to break a piece off the cut cake and taste-test it. They had to test all 160 entries in just two and a half hours. They assessed every entry on their texture, taste, creativity, decoration and skill.
While the judges were busy the students went to a cooking demonstration and a presentation about working within the industry. A buffet lunch was served and eaten. And then the results were announced after a few speeches of thanks.
The winners were:
- Best Novelty Design – Lyan Dewasurendra
- Best Decorated – Nicole Teakel
- Best Tasting – Ashlee Evans
- Best Overall Individual Cupcake – Nicole Teakel
- Best Class Effort – Loyola Secondary College
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