Thursday 24th May 2012 4:24 PM
A Business for Calderdale networking event in Calderdale will see the launch of a specially commissioned 'Elizabeth Sponge'. Focus on Food and The Cooking School at Dean Clough held a competition amongst its team of specialised food teachers and chefs to come up with a unique and delicious cake recipe to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.
Event organiser Steve Duncan DL, Chief Executive of Community Foundation for Calderdale was the brains behind the original idea and he is thrilled with the result. "I thought that this was a perfect opportunity to put Calderdale and The Cooking School on the map. The Victoria Sponge is synonymous with British baking and has been enjoyed for years, but why not have something special for our current monarch in this very exciting year of 2012."
Entries came in from The Cooking School and Focus on Food staff and the team baked and taste-tested them all. The winner came from Dorothy-Anne Ardrey, the Senior Advisory Teacher for Focus on Food's Scottish programme. Dorothy-Anne's sponge is a light cake flavoured with lavender and lemon.
The cake will be launched on 12 June at a Business for Calderdale Event at which Tourism Head Gary Verity will be speaking and Deputy Lieutenant Chris Harris will be in attendance representing the Queen through the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy. Steve comments "We are thrilled to be welcoming Deputy Lieutenant Chris Harris to The Cooking School as it would be great to receive Her Majesty's Royal stamp of approval."
A large version of the cake will be available for all event attendees and they will also have the chance to decorate some jubilee cupcakes. Business for Calderdale events offer the opportunity for informal networking, and also to visit some of the best businesses in Calderdale, and hear from local business people.
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