The 2013 Stag Bakeries Schools Challenge has again proven a resounding success with pupils from four island secondary schools showing their creative flair in what proved to be the closest contest since its launch three years ago.
The competition which is open to S2 pupils from The Nicolson Institute, Sir E Scott School, Shawbost and Lionel begins with a visit to the bakery to see how a commercial bakery operates. They then develop their own products in their own schools within set criteria.
This year pupils were asked to make a tray bake product which resulted in some really interesting flavours and textures and no shortage of creativity.
The worthy winners were Shawbost School who developed a Blackforest Bakewell giving a modern twist to a retro classic. There was very little between them however and the second placed school. The pupils will now get the opportunity to see their product being made on a commercial scale later this month before looking on with pride as it hits retail shelves on the island.
Stag Product Development Manager Colin Daniels commented: “The competition standard this year has been the highest ever with some really interesting ideas. The pupils have put a lot of thought into their product ideas and shown real flair.
“This competition was designed to help pupils understand how a commercial bakery operates and how the product development process works. It also introduces another career option for them. We are delighted to be the enterprise partner for the competition and are hugely encouraged that the pupils really enjoy it and benefit from it.”
It is expected that the blackforest bakewell will be available in island stores from the start of July and if it proves popular may well become a regular in biscuit tins island wide.