Barking businesswoman bakes her way to national competition's final four
PUBLISHED: 10:03 10 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 February 2020
A baking businesswoman has made it to the final four of a national search for the year's best baker.
Former Barking & Dagenham College student, Claire Flavin-Jones, from Barking has reached the final of baker of the year at The Cake Professionals Awards.
Mature student Claire studied patisserie and confectionary after deciding on a career change from sales. Since then, she hasn't looked back, winning competitions and running her own business Bombshell Bakes.
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Claire said: "I couldn't believe it when I found out that I won the regional competition and have been placed in the national final with just three other bakers."
The competition involved baking a cake and sending a piece to the judging headquarters where four pastry chefs - including Kathryn Cuthbertson, the Queen's former pastry chef - judged the entries blind.
The awards will be presented on March 2 at an awards ceremony presented by Cherish Finden, a judge on Channel 4's Bake Off: The Professionals.
A £1,000 cash prize, publication of the winning recipe and a tour of the Tate & Lyle's sugar museum are up for grabs.