Prescot Bakery on Shortlist of Six in National Competition

By on Saturday, February 28, 2015

cakes_prescot_albion_bakehouse_nina_halliwellAn independent baking company in Prescot has reached the finals of Hotel Indigo’s Flavours of the Neighbourhood competition.

After a public vote, The Albion Bakehouse, a home-based business run by Prescotian Nina Halliwell, made a shortlist of six across the UK.

Hotel Indigo started the contest as a way for “Britain’s best food vendors, producers and artisans to showcase their craftsmanship and passion for delicious, authentic flavours.”

Nina now faces a panel of judges that includes farmer and TV food star Jimmy Doherty, and Masterchef regular William Sitwell.

albion_bakehouse_prescot“When I entered the competition, I had no idea I would get this far,” said Nina. “All of my friends, family and customers voted and shared via social media, which gained me the most votes and lots of lovely feedback about my cakes!”

Nina started baking professionally in 2012 as an outlet for her creativity and to offset the stresses of being a stay-at-home mum to toddler Albie.

doughnuts_albion_bakehouseThree years later, the Albion Bakehouse provides cakes and other baked treats to cafes across Merseyside, and Nina takes her goodies to markets and food festivals, too.

She’ll join the other Flavours finalists in London in March, when the winner will be revealed.

If she scoops the grand prize of £1,000, she wants to put into operation a “top secret plan” to take the Albion Bakehouse to the next level.

The winner also gets a professional photoshoot, nationwide publicity and the title of Hotel Indigo Flavour of the Neighbourhood 2015.

“It’s such a great experience even if I don’t win overall,” Nina told Prescot Online, “but I’m going to try my hardest to win that prize to help grow my business.”

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