Soldiers from The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) have showcased their finest festive cakes in a competition ‘choco-a-block’ with edible glitter, snowy icing and Christmas figures.
Chefs from across the British Army’s Force Troops Command competed in a Christmas cake competition held at Tidworth Garrison in Wiltshire allowing them to develop new technical skills required to bake and decorate the seasonal offerings. Techniques they have little time for during their hectic daily routine of feeding thousands of soldiers and officers.
The inaugural competition showcased the ‘decorated Christmas cake’, ‘glazed fruit and nut loaf cake’ and ‘gingerbread festive centrepiece’.
With all the spectacle of the Great British Bake Off the panel of military and civilian judges headed by professional Pastry Chef and BBC Bake Off: Crème de la Crème judge Claire Clark MBE were amazed at the professionalism on display.
Forces Radio BFBS Presenter, Adam Powney, attended the judging and spoke with competition organiser and former Crème de la Crème contestant Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2) Andrew Saupe.
With only 10 points between the winners, they were Lance Corporal Glen Smith 34 Field Hospital for his decorated cake, Cpl Chris Glover 30 Signals Regiment for his loaf cake and Sergeant Ram Limbu 30 Signals Regiment for the gingerbread centrepiece.
The challenging Gingerbread category saw entries that could have been quite simple but were propelled to another level, and that was recognised with the overall highest scoring entry.
This was awarded to Santa’s Workshop produced by Sgt Matthew Hunter from 19 Regiment Royal Artillery who has recently returned from a deployment to South Sudan