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Time to dust off those cake tins! 

 

In November we challenged Ryman residents to create a Christmas-themed recipe to put forward for our Great Ryman Christmas Bake-Off.

In true Ryman resident fashion, we were blown away with the entries. It was certainly a difficult decision to narrow the entries down to just three finalists, and we are delighted to announce them as Shona Bull's Shortbread Christmas Tree from Hilda Ross Village, Mary McKay's Mystery Torte from James Wattie Village and Margaret Clayton-Greene's Christmas Nativity Scene from Linda Jones Village.

Our lucky finalists have all stepped up to the next phase of the competition – the mystery box challenge. And despite the challenges of Covid restrictions, we’ve still found a way to keep the competition rolling. Our finalists had all ingredients delivered to their homes where they completed the mystery box challenge in their own kitchens.

THE GREAT RYMAN CHRISTMAS BAKE-OFF FINALISTS:

Christmas Nativity Scene

Margaret Clayton-Greene from Linda Jones Village



Margaret said her heart pounded a little when she opened the Great Ryman Christmas Bake Off mystery box sent to her as one of three finalists in the bake off.

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Shortbread Christmas Tree

Shona Bull from Hilda Ross Village



Shona gives credit to her daughter for encouraging her to enter the Great Ryman Christmas Bake Off “I wasn’t going to enter,” she said, “then I remembered a picture of a shortbread Christmas tree that I had seen and thought I could make that.”

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Mystery Torte

Mary McKay from James Wattie Village



As a young woman, Mary had dreams of going to Cordon Bleu cooking school in London, but her father wanted her to be a nurse. Mary finally trained as a hairdresser but has always continued her love of cooking.

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Allyson Gofton Photo

ALLYSON GOFTON - GUEST JUDGE

Allyson Gofton has been cooking for New Zealanders for over 15 years. From starring in TV’s ‘Food in a Minute’ and writing several cookbooks, to travelling the country hosting charity demonstrations and public speaking events. Allyson is a true Kiwi treasure.


PRIZES UP FOR GRABS INCLUDE:

Trophy$200 restaurant voucher + $200 gift hamper + cookbook signed by Allyson Gofton.

Second Place Ribbon$200 gift hamper + cookbook signed by Allyson Gofton.

Third Place Ribbon$150 gift hamper + cookbook signed by Allyson Gofton.

Watch a demonstration from Allyson Gofton plus the announcement of The Great Ryman Christmas Bake-Off winner

View some of our amazing entries. 

Best of luck to our finalists!

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