Three rising stars of the baking world are on their way to Russia after winning the chance to represent the UK in an international competition.
Jaegar Andrew, Emily Harrison and Nicole Haymes – students at City College – each won their classes at the UK final, held in Sheffield. They will now compete as a team in the Russian Youth Bread Cup.
Jaegar, 19, who won the traditional bread class, said: “It was nerve-wracking because I’ve only been at college for four months and it was my first competition.
“ It was brilliant and a great opportunity to meet people in the industry. I didn’t expect to do so well. I feel really lucky.”
Emily, 18, impressed judges with her two-colour croissants – a trend currently sweeping Europe – and also clinched the pastry class.
She said: “I was shocked when I found out I’d won my category. I wasn’t expecting it at all. Going to Russia is an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to experience a different baking culture there.”
Nicole, 23, who now works for Chatsworth House Farm Shop and will be captaining the team in Russia, won the art bread class with her colourful carousel.
She said: “The competition was tough. I’ve always wanted to make a three-dimensional carousel and for it to come off, and for me to win my class at the qualifier, was just amazing.”
The students were congratulated by principal Julie Byrne, who said: “Competing in Russia is a great opportunity. I’m really proud of their success.”
The Russian Youth Bread Cup takes place in April. But first the team needs to raise £2,800 in sponsorship. Any local business wishing to offer support can contact them via the college on (0114) 260 2600.