Winner of the James Street South Bakery Competition, Naomi Hipson is getting ready for a taste of things to come as her winning recipe for Carrot Cake hits the shelves in selected SPAR stores here.
One thousand of the cakes, which have been created by Northern Ireland’s leading bakery Irwin’s, will be on the shelves of 20 SPAR stores for the next three weeks as part of Naomi’s prize, which also included her recipe appearing on the menu at the James Street South Bar & Grill as well as a meal for two and a Cookery School one-to-one lesson.
The year 12 Methodist College student, who has ambitions to work in the hospitality industry here, won the competition which was held at the beginning of October as part of Belfast Restaurant Week.
The judges, comprising of Niall McKenna, Head Chef and owner of James Street South, Master Baker Drew Davidson from Irwin’s Bakery and Alistair Kelly, Fresh Food Trading Manager with the Henderson Group, owners of the SPAR franchise in Northern Ireland, said Naomi’s Carrot Cake was a great example of a classic recipe.
“Naomi clinched the title with her all round excellence in reproducing a classic favourite to such a high standard with a great taste and professional looking bake,” said Niall McKenna.
“The recipe was a winner not only in the competition, but with our customers when it appeared on the menu at the Bar + Grill and we’re delighted that SPAR and Irwin’s has taken it to the next level.”
Gary Mason from Irwin’s Bakery said it was fantastic to see so much local talent.
“Irwin’s was delighted to be involved in the competition, and it was fantastic to see that home-baking is enjoying something of a resurgence. Naomi’s bake is a great example of the talent there is locally and we’ve enjoyed recreating it for the wider market here.”
Alistair Kelly, Fresh Food Trading Manager at Henderson Group says Naomi’s carrot cake was a clear winner with the judges of the Bakery Competition, and is sure to be a popular addition to the SPAR range of goods
“This is a classic recipe, and one that we’re sure will be as popular with our customers as it was with the judges! There’s nothing like home-baking for a tea-time treat and we’re thrilled to be stocking this product.”
16-year-old Naomi said winning the competition was quite literally the icing on the cake.
“I love baking, and to have my passion recognized in this way by Niall, Alistair and Drew is a dream come true. It’s truly amazing to see my own twist on the classic carrot cake recipe available on shelves here.”
Naomi’s Carrot Cake, prices £2.49 will be in stores for up to three weeks from today.
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