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Love Baking?

Get to participate in UAE’s biggest ever Bake Off competition to be held at the Taste of Abu Dhabi 2018.

The Big Baking Tent Bake Off by The International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA), Dubai offers you a chance to win Baking & Pâtisserie Courses worth AED 25,000 at the ICCA Dubai.

A first of its kind baking competition held based on a 'Carnival' theme matching the fun and frolic vibes of the capital’s favorite food, drink and music festival.

The competition will have three winners for the 1st , 2nd and 3rd place, and they will be selected by a panel of judges including the internationally renowned Cake Boy, Chef Eric Lanlard and the ICCA Pâtisserie Chef Instructors, namely Chef Maia Tsakanova, Chef Nasarene Dhanki, Chef Sabeen Fareed and Chef Vrushali Jadhav.

Grab this chance to showcase the best of your baking & decorating skills on a big platform and take your passion to the next level.


The Panel of Judges


Eric Lanlard Baking Tent Big Bake Off
Eric Lanlard
icca chef
Maia Tsakanova
Chef nasreen 2
Nasarene Dhanki
icca chef
Sabeen Fareed
icca chef
Vrushali Jadhav

Competition Details & GUIDELINES

About the Bake Off Competition

  • The theme of the Bake Off competition is 'Carnival'.
    The participants are expected to bake and decorate a cake based on a Carnival theme.
    All information and details on the competition submission are mentioned below.
  • Interested participants are required to register to take part in the competition and registration is free.
  • Only one entry per participant is allowed for the competition.
  • The participants are required to bring their fully finished product to the competition venue for submission at least 45 minutes before the official competition time.
  • The competition judging will be based on the visual display, creativity and the taste of the product submitted.
    Hence the participants need to ensure that their cake not only looks good but tastes great as well!
  • The competition will be judged by the renowned Cake Boy, Eric Lanlard along with a panel of ICCA Dubai Baking & Patisserie Judges.


Competition Date: Saturday 10th November 2018

Competition Time: 6:45 PM (Participants are required to be present by 6:00 PM)

Competition Venue: The Competition will be held at The Big Baking Tent at Taste of Abu Dhabi 2018


Competition Submission Details

  • The flavor and overall appearance of the cake must be of the theme 'Carnival'.
  • All entries must be made of real cake. Styrofoam dummies are strictly not allowed.
  • The dimensions of the cake (including cake board) should not exceed more than 20 inches in length, width or diameter.
    Those not conforming will be disqualified.

  • Edible and artificial decorations can be used to help complete the overall look & feel of the cake.
    However, it is important to ensure that at least 80% of the cake should be edible, else the entry will be disqualified.
  • The inedible parts only to include columns, supports, wires, stamens, ribbons and fresh/artificial flowers, props, toys, if at all used.
  • Cakes can be stacked or tiered and should not exceed two tiers. It can also be based on a mould, shaped or carved to achieve the necessary outcome and sugar decorations are most welcome.
  • Hygiene is very important and the cake for submission needs to be covered during its transportation to the venue as it will be tasted by the judges. Fresh cream should be avoided as well for food safety. Those not conforming will be disqualified. 
  • The competition and the judging will be inside a tent. Hence, the warm temperature conditions would have to be kept in mind too, as the cake submitted for the competition will not be refrigerated or stored by the organizers.


Competition Requirements

  • The last day for registration is October 23rd, 2018. Entries sent after the deadline will not be accepted for the competition.
  • The participant must be at least 15 years or above.
  • The entry must be given a name, together with a description based on the flavors and type. A detailed description is encouraged.
  • The entry must be the original work of the person listed on the registration form. Team or group entries are not allowed.
  • All entries must be the work of the participant and be homemade (not store bought).
  • The participant must attach a sample photo or an inspiration image of the concept planned in the registration form below to help with the pre-selection process.
  • The competition entries will be judged on the following criteria - 
    • Taste
    • Originality and Creativity
    • Application of the theme
    • Technique
    • Structure and Support (size, shape & structure)


Competition Terms & Conditions

  • If the participant fails to meet the expected criteria they can be disqualified.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The participants need to ensure that they are present at the venue, The Big Baking Tent  by sharp 6:00 PM. Those not conforming will be disqualified.
  • The Taste organizers, ICCA Dubai and Sponsors will not be responsible for any kind of damage to the cake or loss of belongings or tools.
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Competition Agenda

  • The Participants will be allocated a contestant number at The Big Baking Tent.
  • Photograph ceremony with all the participants, their cakes and the judges.
  • Judging and deliberation.
  • Announcement of Winners. 


COmpetition Registration

Please fill the form below to register for the competition.