Rising to the Challenge

In September, Nestor’s budding bakers rose to the challenge and helped raise £316 for Macmillan with a Nestor Bake Off! The team wanted to make the charity’s annual coffee morning event a success so, when staff member Glenis Hall suggested plugging into the hit BBC series and calling it the Nestor Bake Off, everyone said yes.

The response from Nestor’s home bakers was outstanding and the ten perfectly presented cakes entered into the competition would have given the contestants on the BBC show a run for their money!

“Everybody took it very seriously and they all looked so professional” said Helen Kaaba, Office Manager. “I was very impressed, they were all baked and decorated to perfection and looked like they’d just come out of the bakers – I know it was very hard to choose a winner.”

Nestor’s own Mary Berry, aka Jennifer Stone, was handed the challenging and difficult judging job. The delicious display, which included Katie Rhodes’ carrot cake, Paul Gleave’s rice crispy squares and Suzanne Royle’s lemon and poppy seed muffins had staff emptying their pockets for a taste. After much deliberation – and lots of sampling – Sarah Marshall’s lime cheesecake and Glenis Hall’s cake pop were named joint winners in the Best Tasting Cake category. Glenis also took the Best Looking Cake title.

Director, Nick Martin, emerged as Nestor’s own Paul Hollywood after whipping-up a winning victoria sponge that bagged him the People’s Choice award – a clear winner with eight votes.

All winners received a well-deserved bottle of sparkling wine.

The pound-a-go challenges also proved popular. Glenis won the Guess the Double Espresso Challenge and Jo Hamill’s mathematic genius made her the winner of Guess the 100s & 1000s Challenge.

The event raised £158 – with cake left to take home – an amount matched by the Nestor Foundation raising the total to a magnificent £316.

“A huge thanks to everyone who contributed and supported the event,” said Helen. “We are going to do one next year. This was so successful and so much fun, it was a great way of bringing the office together, having fun and raising money for charity.”