Photo gallery: Leeds firms stage the Great Business Bake-Off

WINNER: Siobhan Ross with her 'showstopper'  - a chocolate & vanilla cake with caramel buttercream.
WINNER: Siobhan Ross with her 'showstopper' - a chocolate & vanilla cake with caramel buttercream.
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A British tradition that has inspired several television competitions has been raising funds to feed Leeds children who might otherwise go hungry during the school holidays.

The Great ‘Business Bake-Off’ – inspired by hit TV show the Great British Bake Off – was held yesterday at The Platform building, where sweet-toothed colleagues swapped conferences for cakes.

It was hosted by Leeds Community Foundation and tech business, LightStartApps, to raise funds and awareness of the Foundation’s Holiday Hunger Campaign.

Presenter Christine Talbot, a champion for the Foundation, was a member of the judging panel which picked a show-stopping cake creation by Siobhan Ross from BHP Chartered Accountants as the winner.

The assistant accountant, 24, is a keen amateur baker and made a chocolate and vanilla cake with caramel buttercream.

Siobhan said: “I do make cakes as a hobby and for family and friends.

“I did not expect to win at all but got the email (about the contest) and didn’t need an excuse to get in the kitchen.”

The cake also passed the taste test with colleagues who spent the rest of the afternoon tucking in.

Leeds Community Foundation says 30,000 children in Leeds go hungry as families can’t afford to feed them during the holidays. The organisation therefore arranges holiday activities with nutritious meals included.

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