Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Behind the scenes @ The White Gables Bake Off

For those who don't know who I am well, I am the head baker at the WHITE GABLES ;) I am also good at a few other things than baking cakes and breads like writing and taking photos for example. 


This is my behind the scenes account of the well advertised and anticipated event on the 29th of May 2016 at Enjoy From White Gables in Moycullen, Co Galway, Ireland

I did not take direct part in the Bake Off as was originally planned (being a judge) but they managed to squeeze me into the advertising material against my better judgement ;) Usually I avoid being in photos, I am more into taking the photos myself. 

Here are the fabulous shots taken by Martina Regan Photography and cunningly organised and distributed by Lisa Regan Public Relations. The photos dominated all the papers during May for weeks!! People kept saying to me "I saw you in the papers, you are famous!!" Thanks, Martina :) Thanks Lisa!!!

This is me with my co-coworkers Cathal, Sandra and Lenka

newspaper photos from the White Gables Bake Off

We had some really fantastic judges and they had a very enjoyable time I think, every forkful of it!!

We had David Walsh, head Pastry Chef and Baker @ Rolys Bistro, food blogger Cathal MacBride from Glass of Red Wine and of course Dara Devaney, TV & Film Actor and IFTA Award winner. 


the judges of the White Gables Bake Off

Now I want to show you some of the fabulous cake entries that I managed to snap on the day of the big judging!! 

photos of cakes

I think everyone that showed up on the day had fun and a full belly after!! The atmosphere was pretty tense at some point but then again the first prize was really outstanding!!

Who wouldn't want to win a mixer like that? 

mixer, first prize, White Gables Bake Off

First, here are the nominated finalists:

White Gables Bake Off finalists

 Now let's follow the events of the evening!! 


A quick teaser from Google to start with:


First there was the tasting by the judges and everyone else

watching The White Gables Bake Off © Annie Japaud Photography

the contestants and their cakes

cake tasting

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Bring it on Michelle!! We want more cake to try!!

ready for more cake tasting

It was basically a real Stand Off ;)

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more cake for tasting

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Dara Devaney

Dara Devaney

Dara Devaney

Glass of red wine                                   David Walsh

the judges David Walsh

the judges

 Lisa ReganAnn Dunne

Revealing cake secrets

the contestants

the contestants

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The White Gables Bake Off © Annie Japaud Photography the audience

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David Walsh

Glass of red wineDavid Walsh

the judges

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 the judges

Then it was time for a break and regrouping outside for the final ceremony!!
The judges put their heads together to decide who is the winner

and here they are:


the winners of the White Gables Bake Off

Final arrangements before the long awaited moment

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Getting ready

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the audience The White Gables Bake Off © Annie Japaud Photography

the audience The White Gables Bake Off © Annie Japaud Photography

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Martina Regan Photography

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enjoy from white gables

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announcing the winners

And finally all the winners and Martina Regan Photography at work

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Lisa Regan is always there to help

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Posing with the winner Karena Hutton

Karena HuttonKarena Hutton

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Cathal MacBride from Glass of Red Wine

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glass of red wine

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The White Gables Bake Off © Annie Japaud Photography

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Michelle Burke with her special prize for her outstanding videos

Michelle Burke

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Ann Dunne ready with the prizes 

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I won!! I won!!

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The Winners Collages

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There was a treat for everyone who took part and was nominated 

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  The Cake category winner Karena  Hutton 

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The three cathegory winners with Ann and Kevin Dunne

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Another short videos from Google :-)




It was great fun at The White Gables Bake Off  !!
Hope you enjoyed the photos taken by me, I hope you liked the star cake too!!

the cake

Two beautiful photos from Martina Regan Photography 

The White Gables Bake Off

The White Gables Bake Off

Thanks for being here!!

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