Care home kitchen assistant scoops first prize in baking competition

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James puts icing on the cake for bosses' show sponsorship
James puts icing on the cake for bosses’ show sponsorship

A kitchen assistant at a Dorset care home has won the bakery competition at a huge summer event his company was sponsoring.

James Bines’ sports car-themed 3D sponge cake scooped first prize at a Rotary Club show attended by more than 4,000 people.

James, who works at Colten Care’s Brook View home in West Moors, baked the cake to go on display in the company’s marquee at the Lymington Summer Spectacular.

He chose the motoring theme to reflect his bosses’ headline sponsorship of the annual event’s classic car show.

The soft-top model sported blue, white, silver and black-coloured icing and was named ‘A Colten Classic’.

Fran Kershaw, Colten Care Catering Manager, said: “James has a real flair for baking and put in such a great effort we decided to enter the cake in the Rotary competition. The judges loved it and awarded him the winning certificate. We encourage all our Hotel Services team members to think creatively as they develop their catering and culinary skills.”

As well as the cake display, the marquee featured an invite-only VIP lounge for around 100 care home residents and their families.

The aim was to offer a comfortable, relaxed environment within easy reach of the car show and other field activities.

On the day, Colten Care minibuses ferried the residents from nearby homes direct to the lounge where they were looked after by waiting staff, activities and care teams.

MODEL SUCCESS. The cake on display in the Colten Care marquee.
MODEL SUCCESS. The cake on display in the Colten Care marquee.

Marketing Manager Chris Golding said: “It was a fantastic day for everyone. The marquee and the minibuses we laid on enabled our residents to enjoy a local community event they would otherwise have missed. James’s success in the baking competition was truly the icing on the cake.”

Colten Care runs 19 care homes across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Its services include residential, nursing, respite and dementia care.

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