Edinburgh eatery is on the search for Scotland's 'Bake Off' star to win their own creation on the menu

Edinburgh restaurant is looking for Scotland’s best baker to star on their menu

Friday, 18th September 2020, 4:45 pm
Carina Contini with last year's winner 14-year-old Grace Warnock
Carina Contini with last year's winner 14-year-old Grace Warnock

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant in Edinburgh has launched its second annual search for the country’s finest home baker in time for the anticipated return of The Great British Bake Off.

Amateur bakers from across the country are being encouraged to slip back on their aprons and show off their culinary creations for a chance to be featured on The Scottish Cafe’s iconic afternoon tea menu.

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From indulgent gateaus, to classic cream cakes and savoury bites, The Scottish Cafe is looking for only the best afternoon bakes from Scotland’s most talented home cooks, including mums, dads, grandparents and children of all ages.

The winner will have their creation on the afternoon tea menu

Entries are also encouraged from schools, colleges and families.

Last year, 14-year-old Grace Warnock from Prestonpans in East Lothian was crowned the contest champion.

Grace, who attends Preston Lodge High School, came out on top as the first ‘Contini Bake Off’ winner, having impressed the judges with her Trifle, Banoffee, Apple Pie and Lemon Meringue cupcakes. She has been baking at home with her mum since she was only three-years-old and her favourite things to bake are crispy cakes, biscuits and bread in the kitchen with her family.

The independent, family business is owned and operated by Edinburgh restaurateurs, Victor and Carina Contini, who showcase seasonal and local Scottish produce on The Scottish Cafe menu and has been home to a top afternoon tea for a decade.

Located within the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound, the cafe now benefits from improved accessibility with direct access from the adjoining section of East Princes Street Gardens entrance.

The Scottish Cafe owner Carina Contini and the venue’s specialist pastry chefs will be amongst the panel of expert judges to make its shortlist of mouth-watering morsels and select the overall star baker. Judges will be looking for technical ability, creative flair, originality and use of local ingredients, but ultimately a delicious and eye-catching addition to The Scottish Cafe’s signature afternoon tea menu.

Carina Contini said: “We had such an amazing response to our ‘Contini Bake Off’ competition last year and had so much fun judging the entries, that we wanted to offer people the chance to show off their culinary flair again this year.

“With the home baking trend continuing to grip the nation, we’re encouraging talented amateur cooks of all ages to rise to the occasion once again and put their culinary skills in the limelight.

“Last year, Grace Warnock really did rise to the challenge and dazzled us with her baking talent. This year, we’d be keen to see more entries from schools, families, grandparents and their grandchildren of all ages.”

To enter people should post a photograph or short film of themselves with their creation and a brief description on social media, tagging The Scottish Cafe on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and using hashtag #ContiniBakeOff by Wednesday 30th September.

Entrants must live in Scotland, love home baking and be over 18 years of age. Any entries from children must be supported by a parent, guardian or teacher.