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PICTURES: Rising to the occasion for great NHS 'Cake Off'

By Gavin Musgrove

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Chefs, staff and residents rose to the occasion at the first-ever Badenoch and Strathspey ‘Cake Off’ – a bit of fun competition between local NHS care homes and day centres.

Pam Dudek, NHS Highland chief executive, local Highland councillor Muriel Cockburn and Badenoch baker Gilly Howarth, of Gilly's Kitchen, were the judges on Monday with prizes handed out including for best resident tray bake, best wonky cake and best staff cake.

Residents, families, and service users joined staff from Grant House in Grantown, the Wade Centre in Kingussie, Mains House in Newtonmore and Aviemore’s Glen Centre to enjoy a friendly day of competition and baking.

Ms Dudek said after the ‘Cake Off’ at Mains House: “I want to thank everyone who entered their delicious baking and everyone who came along to enjoy the day.”

Councillor Cockburn said: “ It was an honour to be asked to judge. I was blown away by the quality the taste and not a soggy bottom in site!”

Chef Marcus Orr won the overall trophy for Mains House; Fiona Love, from the Wade Centre, won in the best staff cake category, and Marjorie MacGregor (Mains House) won in the residents best tray bake.

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