Harrison’s culinary skills

Harrison Tomsett
Harrison Tomsett

A teenager from Seaford featured on our TV screens last week as he put his culinary skills to the test.

Harrison Tomsett was whittled down from thousands of applicants to be among just 40 youngsters chosen to take part in CBBC’s Junior Bake Off.

The 13-year-old, who is a pupil at Seaford Head School, appeared on the programme last Wednesday (November 20) as he wowed chef James Martin with his sticky toffee pudding.

Mum Charlotte Tomsett said her son’s cooking skills follow in the footsteps of his late father who was a chef.

She added, “There was 10,000 applicants so to make the 40 is quite an achievement.

“He’s a good baker and I think he gets this from his dad who used to be a chef.”

A preview of Harrison appeared on Tuesday’s programme last week and he then appeared on the Wednesday showing off his culinary skills.

The competitors have been tasked with completing food writer Mary Berry and chef James Martin’s Technical Bakes and Showstopper Challenges.

For the blind technical challenge Harrison and the three other competitors had to follow a recipe and make a sticky toffee pudding and for the showstopper category they had to create a cake based on the theme of the future.

For this Harrison made a cake along with decorations including a university hat, surf board and a crystal ball.

Charlotte said, “On the Wednesday we had a family get together to watch the episode and the comments from James Martin were brilliant.

“He said the sticky toffee pudding would go straight through to his restaurant and that was Harrison’s highlight.”

Unfortunately Harrison was not selected to go through to the semi-final but mum Charlotte said he thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the contest.

She added, “It’s a shame he didn’t get any further but he had a great day and enjoyed meeting James Martin and Mary Berry.

“To have those comments from James Martin – professional trained chefs would give their right arm to have that comment about their food – that was enough for Harry.

“He’s still baking and he’s currently in the second week of his Bake Off event at school.”