From blueberry filled treats to recipes including rosewater, the contestants competed to create six inventive and identical muffins in under an hour and half.
Rosanna Benney, from Mawnan School, Oscar Haywood, from Constantine Primary School, Connie McGannity, from Mylor Bridge School, and Amy Frankland, from Truro High School, won the round beating a strong field of eight entries which were declared “extremely professional” by the judges.
The young bakers had proven themselves against nearly 200 children from twelve local schools in the search for Cornwall’s best young baker to reach in the semi-final.
The panel included Truro High’s Head of Food Mrs Lisa van der Lem and Molly Foster from Truro Rotary Club.
The competition has been organised by Truro High School for Girls and is open to young bakers in Years 5 & 6. After the second semi-final round next week, they will take on the best of the rest in the Grand Final where they will be challenged to cook a traditional Victoria Sponge in the school’s food room.
The final will be judged by the Head Pastry Chef at Rick Stein’s Patisserie Padstow, Stuart Pate.
The winner will receive a voucher for a Rick Stein Children’s Cookery Course in Padstow on April 7 and their whole class will be invited to take part in a half-day food workshop, including cooking and food science, at Truro High School during the summer term. Truro High is a 2015 Good Schools Guide Gold award winner for its Home Economic teaching.