Calling all secondary students - Put your baking skills to the test and win €10,000 in prizes

Greg Mulhall

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Greg Mulhall

Calling all secondary students - Put your baking skills to the test and win €10,000 in prizes

The Association of Teachers of Home Economics (ATHE) in association with Kenwood are calling on students to enter their best bakes for a chance to win a complete Kenwood kitchen kit. And the icing on the cake? Your school’s Home Economics room gets a full kit out too!

There are two categories in the Kenwood Young Baker competition; Junior (1st-3rd year) and Senior (4th-6th year) and you don’t have to be a Home Economics student to enter – perhaps you honed your skills as a home baker during lockdown and you have the right stuff to fold, knead, bake and ice your way to victory. 

So grab your spatula and let’s bake the world a batter place! Opening date for entries is September 28 and the closing date is October 19. The winners will be announced on November 2.

An impressive panel of judges will sift through the entries to crown the Kenwood Young Baker. 

Chef Patrick Ryan is the face behind the award-winning Firehouse bakery and bread school. A former Corporate Law student, Patrick swapped law books for chef knives. Patrick has secured his place as one of Ireland’s most prolific artisan bakers. 

Susan Coleman Channel Manager for De'longhi Group in Ireland. Susan is a keen cook and makes great use of all of the Kenwood products. Susan's vision for Kenwood is to look at the next generation of cooks and chefs and help them along the way through education via Kenwood channels and of course through the Kenwood Young Baker competition.

Sinead Keegan, President of ATHE. Sinead is passionate about all things Home Economics and believes that the skills and knowledge the subject equips our young people with is invaluable for their future wellbeing as individuals and the wellbeing of society as a whole. 

The overall Kenwood Young Baker in Junior and Senior categories will win a complete Kenwood kitchen kit out for them and their school worth €10,000. There will also be prizes for the runner up in each category. 

The Junior category winner receives Kenwood kMix. Plus wins a kit out for their Home Economics room in school. Wins an online cookery class with Patrick Ryan for the class.

The Senior category winner receives Kenwood kMix. Plus wins a kit out for their Home Economics room in school. Wins an online cookery class with Patrick Ryan for the class.

Every entry will receive an online certificate. 

How to Enter:

To enter simply upload your entry at https://www.kenwoodyoungbaker.com/

Top 10 Tips from Sinead Keegan President of ATHE:

1. Read the recipe carefully before you start


2. Make sure you preheat your oven to the correct temperature before you start


3. Use a timer


4. Weigh and measure your ingredients accurately


5. Have all of your equipment and ingredients ready before you start


6. Don't open the oven door while baking


7. When making pastry keep ingredients, equipment and the room as cool as possible


8. Keep ingredients at room temperature when making cakes, muffins, biscuits etc


9. Use time and effort saving equipment where available 


10. When required fold ingredients with care but always mix thoroughly.