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Dough! Seven-Year-Old Daughter Beats Her Cookery School Mum In Baking Competition

14/08/2014 16:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

Dough! Seven-year-old daughter beats her baking mum in bread competition

A baker who owns a cookery school has been beaten in a bread baking contest - by her seven-year-old daughter.

Katarina Willingham, 34, and her daughter Lola baked two bread rolls each and entered the Tiptree World Bread Awards in London.

Less than a week after delivering the freshly-baked dough, the cookery school owner was informed she had not made it through.

But it turned out her daughter was the star in the family as she progressed to the next round after judges gave her a place in the final.

The primary school pupil spent more than two hours carefully baking her two rolls using her Slovakian great-grandmother's homemade recipe.

Katarina, who owns the Lemon & Soul Cookery School in Southampton, Hampshire, was disappointed with her own result but is proud of her daughter.

She said: "I spotted the competition while browsing online and thought it would be a great idea and a bit of fun if both Lola and I entered.

"I had to join the professional category, but unfortunately didn't make it through the first round.

"But Lola baked two brilliant Slovakian sour dough bread rolls and has made it through to the final of the under 12 category.

"It was disappointing to not make it through to the final but I'm over the moon that Lola has progressed in the competition."

Only two contestants were selected for the final that takes place on October 8, where the winner will be treated to a special Waitrose cookery course.

Lola has been baking since she was two years old and seems to have risen to the challenge of competitive bread baking.

Katarina said: "She's been baking for five years and loves cooking, but bread is her favourite food to make. Baking has always been in the family and she's grown up watching me bake and has always taken an interest.

"It takes a long time to create the perfect bread and Lola spent more than two hours baking her two pieces at home for the final."

The judges included Great British Bake Off stars James Morton and Edd Kimber, as well as food critic Charles Campion.

A spokeswoman for the Tiptree World Bread Awards said: "It is wonderful that so many young people are excited by baking bread. A huge well done to Lola Willingham, seven, for being short-listed in the 12 and under section - Paul Hollywood you had better watch out."

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