Meet The Judges

More experts join our judging team for this year’s Great Mortlake Bake Off. They are outstanding in their respective fields and long standing contributors to our community. We are honoured and delighted to welcome them.

Each category will be overseen by two judges who include a previous winner, food technology specialists, an established food critic and an MBE to name just a few!

They will be judging the bakes on appearance, texture and taste and for the school categories will also be taking age into account.

All of the judges have one thing in common, they are passionate about cake!

Margaret Clancy

Margaret Clancy

Judge for the category: Showstopper

Having trained classically in 3* Michelin restaurants as a chef and patissier, Margaret moved into PR and marketing for wine, restaurants and food. Finding she preferred writing to publicising, Margaret became a food and restaurant writer for (among others) The Good Food Guide, The Square Meal Guide, The Guardian, The Times, The Express and The Richmond Magazine.

A resident of the the borough of Richmond, she continues to combine her writing with her highly regarded cookery school Mashed and Smashed.

 

MashedandSmashed.com

Dr David Bradshaw

Judge for the category: Chocolate

An active member of the Mortlake community for nearly a decade, David is a senior consultant, highly respected in the linked fields of business benefit and environmental performance. A PhD in Chemistry and years of practicals have both been invaluable in helping him develop his legendary sachertorte. As David says, a baker has much in common with a chemist – both need an understanding of the materials used and how best to use apparatus.

 

 

David Bradshaw
Joanne Prothero

Joanne Prothero

Judge for the category: Secondary School

Joanne Prothero is a Food Technology Teacher at local secondary school Richmond Park Academy. Her interest in cookery takes many forms. She enjoys practical work with a class and loves to see the students’ enthusiasm and pride in their achievements. She finds it fascinating how often food is in the news, whether in the context of nutrition, economics or technology and enjoys discussing these items in class. Away from school, she experiments with new ingredients and techniques at home. Before qualifying as a teacher Joanne graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Food Science and ran her own food catering company, Incredible Edibles.

 

Michelle Conteh

Judge for the category: Primary School

Michelle Conteh is a Foods Teacher at Christ’s School in Richmond. Michelle has been been involved with foods since her primary school days but says her food technology teacher really inspired her, with her love and passion for foods which involved preparation, cooking and serving. Michelle is renowned for her deliciously inventive novelty cakes.

 

Kate Woodhouse

Kate Woodhouse MBE

Judge for the category: Primary School

Kate Woodhouse has been a local resident for over 40 years and in 2012 was awarded the MBE for services to the local community. Kate is currently chair of the Mortlake Community Association and a trustee of Mortlake Hall. In her spare time, Kate loves to make a wide range of cakes with her two grandsons – she finds variety is key.’

 

Anne Reeves

Judge for the category: Secondary School

Anne Reeves has been an active member of the community for over 50 years. She is passionate about helping girls become confident women and was a Girlguiding Leader with 6th Mortlake Guides for some 40 years. She is Chair of Girlguiding Greater London West County Guide campsite – Heyswood, in Cobham, Surrey and is currently Acting Division Commission for Richmond Division which covers, Barnes, Mortlake & East Sheen, Kew, Richmond and Ham & Petersham.

Ann acknowledges that baking over a Girl Guide camp fire presents limitations but says that woodsmoke can impart a certain something to any cake!

 

Anne Reeves
Sarah Kitchen

Sarah Kitchen

 Judge for the category: Sponge

Sarah Kitchen returns this year as a judge following her success last year as winner of the sponge category. Sarah is well known in the local community for her delicious cakes and bakes. She was taught to bake by her mother who had previously worked as a demonstrator of electrical goods at the Electricity Board shop – making cakes and showing customers how to use various gadgets. She loves sharing her own knowledge and skills with the younger generation and is thrilled to be invited to judge this year’s competition.

 

Philip and Shirley Crowther

Philip – Judge for the category: Sponge
Shirley – Judge for the category: Chocolate

Philip & Shirley Crowther have lived in Sheen since 1982 when they set up and ran the very popular local restaurant, ‘Crowthers’.
They began working together in the mid 1970’s and following a year spent in the USA doing private catering for a family in Beverley Hills, they set up the restaurant in Sheen, which they ran successfully until 2006, at which point they shifted focus to Private Catering, and now run the successful ‘Crowthers Catering’ providing a professional and friendly catering service with bespoke menus to suit personal taste & budget.