Britain's Best Bakery

Monday, 26 November 2012, 4:00PM – 5:00PM

A national search for Britain’s best bakery begins weekdays on ITV1.
More than a food competition this series is a celebration of local bakeries around the UK, the delicious goods they produce, their regional specialities and their centuries old baking heritage.

Expert judges Mich Turner MBE (TV chef, author and owner of Little Venice Cake Company) and Peter Sidwell (TV chef, cookery writer and restaurateur) will be sampling the delicacies of the country’s favourite independent, family run and community bakeries, tasting and critiquing their way through breads, cakes, pastries and pies.

The shortlisted bakeries compete in a series of baking challenges that put their skills to the test from organic artisan sour dough breads to the more obscure Bedfordshire clanger and the Lancashire courting cake, and include favourite bakes whose origins lie beyond the UK, such as baklava and bagels.

Stripped across four weeks, the daily episodes of Britain’s Best Bakery will also reveal the heart-warming stories of the bakeries and the people who lovingly create and bake there.

Britain’s Best Bakery is a Shine TV production for ITV1. ITV’s Director of Factual and Daytime Alison Sharman and ITV’s Controller of Popular Factual, Jo Clinton Davis commissioned the series.

The Executive Producers for Shine TV are; Kelly Webb-Lamb, Catherine Welton and Lorna-Dawn Creanor.
Episode 01: Monday 26 November at 4 – 5pm

:A new competition pitting independent bakeries head to head begins with a trip to Dorset and Somerset. Three ocal businesses compete to impress expert judges, cake connoisseur Mich Turner MBE, and bread expert Peter Sidwell. Today the pair meet a Dorset patisserie owner, a family firm with an unusual oven, and some Bath bakers who love to forage. Only one can stay in the competition, so expect a real baking battle as each offer their take on the famous Dorset Apple Cake.
Episode 02: Tuesday 27 November at 4 – 5pm

The hunt for Britain’s Best Bakery hits the counties of Cornwall and Devon. Today’s independents outlets out to impress are a self-taught married couple from Falmouth, a flamboyant French pastry chef based in Dartmouth, and a traditional Cornish bakery who make proper pasties. But only one can progress to the next round. The Judges, Cake Queen Mich Turner MBE, and master bread maker Peter Sidwell put all their skills to the test with a Rough Puff Pastry challenge.
Episode 03: Wednesday 28 November at 4 – 5pm

In today’s episode three more independent bakeries compete for
the title of Britain’s best under the watchful eyes of expert judges, cake maker to the stars Mich Turner MBE and bread maestro, Peter Sidwell. London is the setting and the three competitors couldn’t be more different. A vegan cupcake emporium, a traditional Greek bakery and the very model of a British bakery battle it out. Expect the flour to fly as there can be only one winner.
Episode 04: Thursday 29 November at 4 – 5pm

Today expert Judges Mitch Turner MBE and Peter Sidwell head to the South East of England as they continue their search for Britain’s best Bakery. Traveling to Kent, Essex and East Sussex they sample the delights of the Garden of England. With an unusual Beetroot bread to a Kentish Apple cake and the French flamboyance of a salted caramel macaroon, all of our judges experience and expertise will be called upon as only one bakery can progress to the next round.
Episode 05: Friday 30 November at 4 – 5pm

It’s the Southern regional final, and the four bakeries that won this week’s heats are back to do battle once more. They’re summoned by the Judges, Mich Turner MBE and Peter Sidwell, and must bake side by side in the same kitchen for the first time. With each contestant expected to produce a five item afternoon tea in just three hours, the pressure is really on. With just two places up for grabs in the Britain’s Best Bakery finals week, the bakers use all the tricks of their trade as they attempt to book one.

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