ONE of the finalists from one of the most talked about television programmes which came to a conclusion last week is to team up with a Uttoxeterbased cookery school.
Great British Bake Off finalist Brendan Lynch narrowly missed out on winning the BBC Two programme which had its final last week watched by more than seven million viewers.
Brendan’s amazing skill, knowledge and passion captivated the nation during the third series of the massively successful show where home bakers are judged by baking legends Mary Berry and Paul Holywood.
Brendan has joined forces with Seasoned Cookery School based in Birch Cross to offer two new baking courses at the school’s new venue in the grounds of the Catton Hall Estate in Derbyshire.
The courses — Brilliant Baking and Baking Showstoppers — will let people learn the famed ‘Chelsea Bunskis’ which wowed the Bake Off judges, celebration cakes, petite fours and fruit tarts with creme patisserie.
Brendan said: “I’ve now reached a point in my life where I am keen to pass on my skills to those who are equally keen to have them.
“As long as you have the passion, I can give you the techniques and methods to produce great bakes and learning by doing it yourself is the best way possible.” Seasoned Cookery School was set up at the family home in Birch Cross by Clare Major back in 2009 and after offering courses at locations across the region now has a permanent base for the courses at Catton Hall.
Mrs Major told the Advertiser she was delighted to add someone like Brendan to the Seasoned team and spoke about the impact of the Great British Bake Off.
She said: “Having Brendan’s skills, passion and knowledge is fantastic. Brendan is a great addition to an already fantastic group of chefs — from Indian, Italian, Baking and The Best of British — we hope to have a course for every capability and our courses make very popular gifts.
“Our new kitchens at Catton Hall are state-of-the-art and our aim is to create a cookery school that is renowned nationally for fun days, taught by great chefs.
“The Great British Bake Off has been great in raising the profile of baking and getting people cooking in the kitchen.
“This year the standard of baking has been much higher and as a result I think people are looking to try more ambitious baking at home and our courses will reflect this.” The first of Brendan’s courses will take place at Catton Hall, near Walton-on- Trent on December 7. Visit www.seasonedcourses.com for more information.