Who is the most influential person in the country at this moment in time?
If you had have asked the question in Horsham on Sunday afternoon you would have been met with a resounding chorus of ‘Mary Berry’.
The local contest, the Great Horsham Bake Off, part of the district council’s Big Nibble, received a staggering 130 entries from people of all ages who have the urge to create something beautifully tasty out of flour, eggs and sugar.
Talking to people at The Forum at the weekend it was clear that their inspiration for entering the contest was Mrs Berry’s hit BBC1 programme, the Great British Bake Off. Each category was keenly fought with three prize winners in each. The Grand Bake Off Champion was Angie Luff, a mum of two, who wowed the judges with an elaborately decorated chocolate cake. Her work of art depicted a crate of fresh produce, which she had decided would perfectly encapsulate the weekend’s Big Nibble event. Over the course of the previous week Angie, who works at Muntham House School at Barns Green, baked the Death by Chocolate cake - a Mary Berry recipe - then began to create the fruit and veg decoration out of fondant.
Angie, who lives in Rudgwick, said: “I did not think I would win and I did not know that I had won my category until one of my friends saw me in town and said ‘well done’. I love the Great British Bake Off and I have met a couple of people off the programme and they have told me I should enter.”
Meanwhile, three-year-old Amelia Tuhill who was the overall winner of the under eights’ category after she impressed judges with her iced biscuits. The over eights’ section was won by Northolmes Junior School pupil Lauren Murray, 10, who despite being a complete novice won the title thanks to her raspberry and white chocolate fairy cakes.