Winners announced of the annual Catterick Garrison Christmas cake competition

The prize for the winning Yule log and Stollen cake went to Sgt Macin Bakani, of 2 YORKS.

Impressive culinary skills were displayed during the annual Catterick Garrison Christmas cake competition.

The event was held in the main kitchen at Somme Barracks, Catterick Garrison.

It was open to civilians as well as military chefs.

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Draper, Commanding Officer of the 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, described the standard as “absolutely brilliant” while presenting the prizes.

He added: “The work that has gone into this spread of cakes is absolutely brilliant and I certainly would not have had a clue where to start. Congratulations to all the chefs for a remarkable effort.”

The 4th Infantry Brigade and HQ North East Christmas cake competition was organised by Staff Sergeant Mark Errington, of the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, despite the unit’s deployment to Afghanistan on Operation Toral.

It was broken into four categories: Senior Decorated Cake, Junior Decorated Cake, Yule Log and tasted Stollen cake.

S/Sgt Errington said the competition had not been held last year and with the deployment of 2 YORKS and many of the other units being busy the turnout would be low.

But he said: “I have been really impressed with the number of entries. I thought with everybody being away it would not be as popular but it has been great and the standard has been very high.”

The prize for the winning Yule log and Stollen cake went to Sgt Macin Bakani, of 2 YORKS, while the top prize for the best Senior Christmas cake was awarded to S/Sgt Jodie Pickard and the Junior Christmas cake went to Private Jordan Sadler, both chefs with the Royal Logistic Corps.

Before the competition started Sgt Rhys Pandelas, of 2 YORKS, began a non-stop 12-hour cycling marathon that continued through the day to raise money for Combat Stress.