Skye Brooke from Tudor Hall Wins Boarding Bake Off Competition
22nd June 2016

Skye Brooke from Tudor Hall School in Oxfordshire was crowned winner of the BSA Boarding Bake Off competition with her macaroon three-tiered cake on Tuesday 21 June at Dorney Lake, Eton.  She was presented with her prize by Sodexo celebrity chef James Tanner.  The event was kindly sponsored by Independents by Sodexo.

Skye was one of nine finalists from boarding schools around the UK who fought off competition from hundreds of entrants.  She won a Gold Kitchen Aid, a signed James Tanner Cookbook, a masterclass with a Sodexo pastry chef and a hamper full of kitchen goodies.  Finalists received a cooking kit and signed James Tanner Cookbook.

The standard of baking was so high that the judges awarded no bronze medals to the the finalists, only silver and above. The awards were as follows:

Best in class

  • Skye Brooke, 14, Tudor Hall School


  • Skye Brooke, 14, Tudor Hall School
  • Honor Williams-Ellis, 14, Felsted School
  • Charlotte Bennett, 12, Royal Alexandra and Albert School
  • Rebecca Khana, 13, Millfield Prep School


  • Harry Szulc, 14, Millfield School
  • Nick New, 14, St Peter's School, York
  • Charlie de L'abilliere, 11, The Elms
  • Clara Greenwood, 13, Ackworth School
  • Caroline De La Harpe, 15, Sexey's School

Lead judge and chef James Tanner said:

I am very impressed with the standard of baking and creativity of all the finalists. The taste of the cakes and the technical ability shown by such young bakers was outstanding!

Winning baker Skye Brooke said:

I can't believe I won!  Since the semi-finals I have been practicing my cakes and my friends in my boarding house have been taste testing. The macaroons were very tricky but they turned out perfectly on the day. I can't wait to go back to school and try out my new Kitchen Aid.

The Boarding Bake Off competition is part of a series of events taking place for National Boarding Week being held to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Boarding Schools' Association. 

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