Ascot/1711 2024 Schools Bake-Off Finals

 On Monday 11th March we hosted the finals of the Ascot/1711 2024 Bake-Off Competition.  This followed heats that took place in 14 schools across Slough, RBWM and Bracknell Forest.
The teams had designed, created, baked and decorated their own Tray Bake following this year’s theme of ”Royal Ascot”; locating and using locally sourced ingredients and creating a mood board showing their journey from sourcing to design, decoration and naming of their creation.
Judges for the event were Gemma Amor, 1711 Executive Chef, Matthew Humphreys, 1711 Head of Operations and Guest Judge Eric Lanlard, Celebrity Pâtissier, who all brought a wealth of experience.
Following the judging, students, teachers and parents enjoyed a career talk with the 1711 Training Team together with an interactive Q & A session followed by a tour of the hospitality areas.
2024 Winners/Runners Up
Senior Bake-Off Competition:
Winners: Eden Girls’ School, Slough. -  Students: Musfirah Mobeen. Aisha Mohammed, Salma Shameer
Runner up: Slough & Eton School, Slough- Students Naoman Ahmed, Delwain James, Reuben Roberts
Junior Bake-Off Competition:
Winners: Holy Trinity, Cookham – Students -  Jack Keegan, Edward Nye, Sean Boyle
Runner up: St Francis Catholic School, Ascot - Students: Francesca Watson, Olivia Fisher
Ascot will now reproduce the winning bakes which will be available for the public to buy at our Summer Mile Family Raceday which takes place on 13th July 2024.
Congratulations to all those who took part.
Participating schools:
  • Holy Trinity Primary School, Cookham
  • Birch Hill Primary, Bracknell,
  • Holy Trinity Primary, Sunningdale
  • St Francis Catholic School, Ascot,
  • Cranbourne Primary School, Windsor,
  • Altwood Secondary School, Maidenhead
  • Slough & Eton School, Slough
  • Churchmead School, Datchet
  • Oakbank School, Reading
  • Eden Girls’ School, Slough, 
  • Charters School, Ascot
  • Langley Academy, Slough
  • Sandhurst School, Sandhurst
  • Kings Academy East Hampstead Park, Bracknell
‘It was a delight to welcome so many talented young bakers to showcase their creations today.  Our judges were particularly impressed with the back stories that inspired the traybakes and the effort that had clearly gone into each entry.  We look forward to welcoming all those who took part to see the winning bakes on sale at our Summer Mile Family Raceday on 13th July 2024’ – Jacqui Greet, Corporate & Social Responsibility Manager
“Learning to Work are thrilled to once again be working with the Ascot Racecourse and 1711 team to bring this wonderful activity to local students. The best way to learn new skills, develop great communication, meet new people and feel confident in presenting is in a fun environment engaging in an equally fun activity, and the Ascot 1711 Bake-Off competition meets each of these criteria, applied learning at its best! The students have been fantastic, and it has been great to invite parents along too, allowing them to see firsthand the creativity, presenting ability and culinary skills of their children.” Nancy Lalor Operations Director Learning to Work 
‘We are thrilled to be part of this prestigious event which has taught the children so much about teamwork, resilience and the world of work.  Having built this project into our curriculum, we are delighted to be taking part for the third year. The boys who are here today representing our school have fully embraced the opportunity and are proud of this achievement.  Our thanks go to Ascot Racecourse, 177 by Ascot and the Learning to Work team for making this possible. What a phenomenal day!’ Anna Smith, Head Teacher.