Eccles Cake Off 2017: North’s best bakers to whip up tasty treat at charity fundraiser

A charity bake off will see chefs from across the north turn on their ovens to create the best Eccles cakes.

The Eccles Cake Off 2017 will feature 16 talented chefs and experts from Northumbria to Yorkshire duking it out at the fundraiser held at Solita in Didsbury on Monday, April 24.

Big names like The French’s Adam Reid, Lancashire Chef of the Year Andrew Nutter, and Lisa Allen, who was one of the winning chefs on the BBC’s Great British Menu, will all try their hand at creating a traditional or inventive, but still recognisable, version of the classic treat.

The line-up of bakers will need to impress the panel of judges, who include Michelin starred chef Marc Wilkinson, the CEO of Northern Restaurant and Bar Thom Hetherington, BBC Good Food writer Tony Naylor and the restaurant blogger Hungry Hoss.

Tickets for the live bake off event will be available for £25, which will include a welcome drink, a starter, as well as main and desert wine.

Attendees will also have the privilege of sampling the cakes conjured up by the contestants.

The event was created by Hungry Hoss, who is a fan of Eccles cakes and also a supporter of homeless charity Not Just Soup.

He said: “We’ve a cracking line up of chefs and industry experts set to bake some of the best Eccles cakes the North of England has ever seen.”

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Not Just Soup and a charity of the winner’s choice.

The Not Just Soup charity was founded by Solita owner Franco Sotgiu to help fight homelessness in Manchester and it sees one local restaurant cook for the city’s homeless people each Tuesday and Sunday.

Image courtesy of John Johnston via Flickr, with thanks.

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