A bumper bonanza of culinary skills were displayed today during the annual Catterick Garrison Christmas Cake competition.
Held in the Richmond Centre in Munster Barracks, and open to civilians as well as military chefs the fabulous Christmas fayre presented prompted Colonel Andy Hadfield, Deputy Commander 4th Infantry Brigade, to announce that he had been “completely blown” away by the standards.
In all 30 cakes and 14 Yule logs were entered into the two separate competitions sponsored by Sodexo with the prizes being donated by Harrogate Spring Water.
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Col Hadfield said: “Judging the Christmas cake and Yule log competition in Catterick Garrison is one of the seasonal pleasures. Every year the standard gets higher and 2017 is no exception.
“The yule logs this year are particularly impressive and I would be very privileged if I could take one home. The inspiration and the modelling that has gone into the cakes is a sight to behold. All the chefs should be very, very proud of themselves.”
The prize for the winning Yule log went to Sergeant Adam Tubb, 1 Close Support Battalion REME, while the top prize for the best Christmas cake was awarded to Sergeant Phil Wilson, 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.
Sgt Wilson said he had entered many competitions before and had won on occasions but this victory made him very proud.
“The competition was really stiff so to come out on top was brilliant and I am really proud of myself,” he added.