The Baklava Bake Off is an initiative of the Australian Multicultural Foundation in partnership with communities under the Unity through Partnerships Grant Program, funded by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.
The Baklava Bake Off called on members of the community to submit entries for Victoria’s best baklava, as a way of celebrating our community’s diversity and love of a common sweet. The Bake Off competition comprised two categories: one for home cooks and another for professional pastry chefs.
The competition included three stages:
1) Application process
A panel of judges went through each application and chose the top 10 candidates from each category to go through to the semi-finals.
The top 10 candidates from each category took part in the semi-finals on Sunday 7th April 2013 and were required to bring in a sample of their baklava dish. A judging panel tasted each candidate’s baklava, but they did not know who baked which dish. The judges then decided on the top 5 finalists in each category who were invited to participate in the Baklava Bake Off Finals at Federation Square.
3) Baklava Bake Off Finals
The Baklava Bake Off Finals were held on Sunday 21st April 2013 in the Atrium at Federation Square. The top 5 finalists were allocated a specific time frame for making their baklava dish on-site at the venue. The judging panel tasted each finalist’s baklava, but they did not know who baked which dish. There were three winners and two consolation prizes in each category.
Top 3 prizes:
1st place: $2,000
2nd place: $1,000
3rd place: $500
4th place: $200
5th place: $100
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The Baklava Bake Off is proudly supported by the Commonwealth Bank, Federation Square and Multicultural Arts Victoria.