The Great Bengaluru Bake Show 2020
The Great Bengaluru Bake Show 2020, powered by 2m Cocoa was held in Bengaluru on 18th and 19th January 2020. This was the second bake show conducted by homebakers.co.in in Bengaluru. We saw a great turnout for the cake exhibit viewings, competition participation, panel discussions, felicitation of Bengaluru's & Chennai's Top 25 Home Bakers and demos & workshops with the experts! The footfall for the event was close to 300 people in a span of less than 9 hours.
The competition was structured in a way that would ensure that all participants would have a suitable category which they could enter. We had six categories and we witnessed incredible participation in all of them. It was also a forum where bakers around the city could exchange their ideas, latest developments and hone their skills. There were many exhibitors who had put up stalls selling innovative products to cater to everyone’s baking needs.
The Cake Competition
The main motivation behind the bake show was to showcase the inherent diversity of the baking industry. To ensure this we had six categories of competition to cover almost everyone’s styles, tastes and skills in the industry. The response to this was immense and we witnessed a showcase of 100 variety of cakes spread across six categories.
The participants’ entries were splendid to look at and were clear indicators of the skill and experience of the participants. The judges were put in a tough spot in deciding the winners of the competition. This goes to show that the entrants were all superb in their craft and had given their best on that day.
The judges really appreciated the quality of the participants’ entries and found it quite a challenge to pick one masterpiece over another as the winner in each category. These cakes were, at the end of the competition, given away in a local slum to underprivileged children with the help of Robinhood Army, a volunteer organization that strives to collect excess food from establishments and distributes it amongst the less privileged.
The winners and runners-up of The Great Bengaluru Bake Show 2020 cake competition were as follows:
- Category 1 - Decorated Cake Exhibits & Wedding Cakes
- Winner - Sheetal Chourasia
- Runner-up - Nikita Nayak
- Category 2 - Fondant / Sculpted / Carved Cake
- Winner - Divya S. Ramachandra
- Runner-up - Sheetal Chourasia
Category 3 - Celebration cakes - Non-Fondant
- Winner - Anupama A
- Runner-up - Sowmya S Bhat
- Category 4 - Rustic Cakes
- Winner - Basabi Sarkar
- Runner-up - Anuja Arun
- Category 5 - Healthy Bakes
- Winner - Sowmya S Bhat
- Runner-up - Jenitha Bharath
- Category 6 - Decorated Cupcakes
- Winner - Roshni Shukla
- Runner-up - Reena Chirbi
Cake Competition Prizes
The prizes that were up for grabs included were cash prizes upto Rs. 2500 from homebakers.co.in, goodies from 2m Cocoa, Bakersville, Ossoro Flavours, Fab Flavours & Fragrances worth Rs. 6250, video tutorials from Ashwini Sarabhai's The Dream Cakes worth Rs. 5,000, Discount Vouchers from Cook and Bake with Deepali, 3 days and 2 nights holidays from Sterling Resorts worth Rs. 20,000, Six months of subscription from Serder Yenner's Cake Tutorials and Cakenote each worth Rs. 5,000, Two 6-Day Fabricake programmes on Cake Decorations and Toppers each worth 22,000 from WhiteCaps International School of Pastry and On 3-day course worth Rs. 15,000 from Academy of Pastry Arts, Bengalore.
To ensure that there is a constant upswing in a home baker’s repertoire of skills it is pertinent to ensure that there is continuing education. The Great Bengaluru Bake show, to ensure this, engaged a number of experts to hold both hands-on masterclasses and demo sessions for the participants and attendees.
Demonstrations on Day 1
The demo sessions were conducted by a number of different experts including a Sugar Roses class by Lubna Gafur, Chandelier cake by Faiza Hakim, How to build and transport cakes like a pro by Hima Bindu, Modelling Cute Farm Animal by Divya Haldipur and Eggless Macarons class by Chef Michelle Peris of Academy of Pastry Arts.
Hands-on Masterclasses on Day 2
The masterclasses on ‘making cute girl figures’, 'Sugar Flowers - Dhalia Pom Pom' and ‘learn sharp edges’ were held by Parejaat Boorah, Arati Mirji and Jayedra Vijayselvan.
Event Partners and Sponsors
The Great Bengaluru Bake Show was powered by 2M cocoa (DP chocolates) and supported by Ossoro Flavours, Sunrise Victual Pvt Ltd., Academy of Pastry Arts India and Bakersville India Pvt Ltd. This show wouldn't have been possible without the support of our partners.
2m Cocoa (DP Cocoa Products Pvt. Limited) is the leading cocoa bean processor in India which commenced its operations in May 2007. The company was established primarily to cater to cocoa product needs of Mondelez (Kraft Cadbury). In addition to the chocolate major, its customers include leading biscuit manufacturers, ice-cream manufacturers, Industrial & consumer chocolate manufacturers etc. The company has been exporting cocoa butter to U.S and Europe since inception. To ensure quality the company has beans procurement centres to procure directly from farmers in India.
Ossoro Flavours is a premium food flavour brand indigenously developed in India and offers the best in taste experience. They offer concentrates of unique and exotic flavours and not the standard vanilla, strawberry or mango. It is a brainchild of Sulakshan Parameswaran, an Ex-Investment Banker who comes from a family that has been into the business of flavours and essence for the past 20 years.
Sunrise Victuals Pvt. Ltd. is a non-dairy bakery Ingredient manufacturing & trading unit of bakery products like whip topping cream, Glazes, Gels, Chocolate, Premixes & other bakery ingredients. Their products cater widely to the industries like bakery, confectionery, Hotels & other institutions.
Academy of Pastry Arts is an International Culinary & Pastry School with centres at Gurugram, Mumbai & Bangalore within India. They also have schools in Malaysia, Indonesia & Philippines. They specialize in French Patisserie as well as world cuisines to mould young professionals in the country. The academy uses cutting edge technology, mixed with ingenious techniques, specifically designed to teach the art, science and techniques of creating good food and methods needed to excel in the food industry. Alongside that, the batch size is deliberately kept small so that one-on-one attention can be given to the students. Their visiting faculty consists of the largest number of Master Chefs spanning the level of MOF, World Champions, Master Chocolatiers and Master Bakers.
Bakersville India Pvt. Ltd. is an importer of a wide range of dealing in a vast range of Bakery ingredients, cake decoration, chocolate decoration, bakery equipment, bakery tools and food packaging. These products have entered south Asia for the first time and besides being exclusive all have innovative concepts as their base.
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