Britain’s Best Cake ‘Meet the Judge’

Britain’s Best Cake ‘Meet the Judge’

12th March 2024

We are proud to sponsor this year’s Britain’s Best Cake competition. Taking place at the UK Food & Drink Show, Birmingham NEC (29th April 2024), the all-new competition hosted by British Baker asks professional bakers to put their skills to the test in a range of categories – from traybakes, to occasion cakes and even free-from bakes.

Entrants will be put through their paces by an esteemed panel of judges, who will be assessing the overall appearance, aroma and most importantly, taste.

One of the judges is our very own Chris Parrington.

Chris started his bakery career in 1982 at Hughes Family Bakers on a four-year apprenticeship, before moving to Rank Hovis working in a technical role in the Flour Testing and Development Lab.

He then joined J. Sainsbury’s Trainee Bakery Manager program, spending his time across multiple stores as well as at HQ.

In 1989, Chris joined P&O Cruises as a Pastry Chef. Over a 12-year career at sea, he moved up the ranks to Head Baker, catering on a number of ships. A highlight for Chris? Working on multiple royal events, including two Royal Naming ceremonies and the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings!

In 2003, Chris moved into bakery management in the North-West. With his business expertise, he was able to develop a small family business into a respectable SME in the foodservice industry. By the time he left, Chris was Operations Director, managing recruitment, staff, buying, hygiene and quality control.

It was in 2012 that Chris joined A1 Cake Mixes, a subdivision of Kluman & Balter for speciality cake mixes. Now he plays a vital role in our team as NPD and Technical Manager for A1.

With his wealth of experience in the bakery industry, Chris knows what it takes to achieve a great bake and will be an asset to the judging panel in Britain’s Best Cake.

For more information on this year’s event, why not visit their website?