So you think you can bake?

Published: 25 November, 2012 09:29 IST | Phorum Dalal |

The Professional Home Baker's Challenge (PHBC) of the Year will be held at World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade on November 30

If you have had a thing for baking and have been planning to spend more time in your kitchen, this is the perfect time. On November 30, the second Professional Home Baker’s Challenge (PHBC) of the Year, which includes the Professional Home Baker’s Pastry Contest and Display Excellence Challenge, will be held at World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade. This challenge will attract national-level participation and if you haven’t signed up yet, do it now.

“The prime objective of the PHBC is to establish a professional platform where pastry professionals across Mumbai can display their individual and combined skills and learn from the experience. We encourage participants to network in a purely businesslike and competitive environment,” says Farzana Gandhi, one of the organisers of the event.

A cake baked by Rhea Bharucha, who has been baking for the past 14 years and will participate in the Professional Home Baker’s Challenge of the year for the first time this year. Pic/Neha Parekh

Twenty year-old Rhea Bharucha is one of the participants who has been baking for the past 14 years. “I started baking at the age of 6, and started catering to orders at the age of 16. I am really nervous and excited,” says the Colaba resident, who will take part in the Brownie Ideas and Decorate the Cupcake sections.

Gandhi’s company Hospitality First organised its first bakery and pastry exhibition around six years ago and last year they launched the first edition of PHBC. “Each category will have a Gold, Silver and Bronze winner. And we also have a special prize for the Home Baker of the Year category, for which a participant must take part in at least two competitions,” she signs off.

>> Display competition, open to any professional home- baker
>> Individual Display, which includes 3-Tier Wedding Cake, Brownie Ideas, Cookie with a Twist, Chocolate Mania and theme cakes
>> The live competitions will see homebakers plate up two recipes and decorate a cupcake at the venue  

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