Mini master chef from Bessingham scoops a place on children’s version of Great British Bake Off

Charlie Stanley-Clarke baking at home. Picture: submmited

Charlie Stanley-Clarke baking at home. Picture: submmited - Credit: Archant

A budding baker has risen above the competition to scoop himself a place in a nationwide cooking competition that will be aired on TV.

Charlie had to impress Great british Bake Off judge Mary Berry

Charlie had to impress Great british Bake Off judge Mary Berry - Credit: PA

Charlie Stanley-Clarke, a pupil at Aylsham High School, will be going up against the cream of young culinary talent when he appears on Junior Bake Off - the children's version of BBC Two's hugely popular Great British Bake Off.

And like his adult counterparts, Charlie will have to impress the queen B of baking, Mary Berry to be in with a chance of taking the top tasty title.

The 11-year-old from Bessingham went through a series of preliminary rounds before being told he had been selected as one of the 40 finalists, from 2,000 applicants.

Charlie wowed the first round judges with his culinary creations that featured his taste for Norwich City Football Club, and the youngster included a sprinkling of his passion for the Canaries in his showstopper baking challenge, which will be screened as part of the show.


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He said: 'I've always really enjoyed baking and been hugely inspired by Delia, a kindred spirit with a passion for cooking and football. I always use Delia's recipes – they really are foolproof!'

Charlie first had to get through a phone interview before he was invited to London where he tickled the judges' taste buds with his Norwich City celebration picnic menu, featuring asparagus and parmesan tarts and Canary cupcakes.

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A screen test and interview secured his place as a contestant and he was then invited to film inside the hallowed Bake Off marquee.

He faced a technical challenge, set by chef James Martin, and was then given and hour and a half for his showstopper bake using the theme natural wonders of the world.

Charlie said: 'Filming was immense! I wasn't allowed to wear my Norwich City shirt on set but, without giving any 'spoilers' away, you'll see my passion for Norwich City FC did form part of my showstopper bake challenge.'

The series starts on November 11 on CBBC. Charlie's episode will be shown on November 21.

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