On Tuesday 21 June 2022, 10 finalists from Years 8-11 took part in the final of the Sullivan Upper Great Jubilee Bake Off, supported by The Department of Education. Pupils were given the task of planning, preparing and making a baked good inspired by the traditional Victoria Sponge.
All finalists produced outstanding bakes and the standard was exceptionally high. Robert Ainley, a food blogger (@DownthehatchNI) and past pupil of Sullivan Upper was invited into school to judge the bakes.
First place was awarded to Tamsin Morrow (Year 10) – Strawberry Tartlets – Sablée pastry tarts filled with layers of strawberry coulis; raspberry mousse; white chocolate ganache and Swiss meringue buttercream.
Second place was awarded to Joshua McLaughlin (Year 9) – Elderflower Sponge with Blueberry Jam and Cream.
Third place was awarded to Sophia-Rose Beaumont (Year 10) – Victoria Sponge Panna Cotta.
On Monday 27 June 2022, all ten finalists enjoyed a trip to Forestside Cookery School. Pupils made a selection of sweet treats taught by Chef Jeffers: chocolate roulade, red velvet muffins, vanilla seed buttercream and meringue kisses.
Both Robert Ainley and Chef Jeffers were very impressed at the technical knowledge and practical skill of all the bakers. We are very proud of everyone who took part.