The date – September 21, 2013. The place – The Apollo Hotel Almere. The Challenge – Who is International Almere’s best baker?
10 contestants lined up, each with their delicious entries ready to tantalise the judges. The winner would be selected by popular vote – and the prize? A voucher to Almere Haven’s own “De Leukste Taarten Shop”, bragging rights on the cover of the first IA cookbook and of course, the coveted crown of “International Almere’s Best Baker”.
The entries were diverse. Cakes and pies and cheesecakes were all contending fiercely. Each baker divulged their secret recipe and competition was fierce!
Chocolate Rasp- whatever berry cake! – Rebecca Komen
Red Velvet Cake – Sandie Lind Pedersen
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies – Patricia and Jordan Weber
Lemon Chiffon Cake – Dominique Du Toit
Covered Dutch apple pie – Carla Van Der Weide
Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake – Maarten Muijs
Honey Blueberry Cake – Georgina Riddle
Citrus Shortbread Bites – Becky Riddle
Quiche Recipe – Eddie Veltman
Rum Balls – Carly Bridgeman
The judges filed in, tasted each entry and slowly, deliberately cast their votes for the best entry. As the evening went on, the delicious treats quickly emptied, and the votes were cast. The adjudicating panel oversaw the voting process to ensure that each vote was cast correctly …
Then, the moment of truth. The contestants waited in anticipation for the vote counting and the crowning of the IA Best Baker.
And the winner?
Voting was fast and furious, and Maarten Muijs emerged victorious, with his entry of the Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake. Second place was a dead heat with Sandie Lind Pedersen’s Red Velvet Cake and Eddie Veltman’s Quiche scoring the honours.
A huge congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to all our entrants for your fantastic baking efforts! And also a big thank you to our judges who helped decide our winners … See you at the next bake off.