The men win the bake-off …

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Rob Harvey’s breadmaking is first class. His pear tarts and sausage rolls are also worthy of prizes, as Rob proved on Saturday when he became the first man to win the Horticultural Society’s Cup for home produce at the Autumn Show. He is pictured receiving it from society president Beryl Denham.

Rob began cooking for himself three years ago ‘out of necessity’ and earlier this year attended a bread baking masterclass. His winning ‘plaited loaf decorated with seeds’ was only the second loaf he has ever baked.

Coming a close second to Rob was yet another male contestant, Hugh Corbin.

You can taste Rob’s baking at the next Horticultural Society talk on Wednesday October 22nd when his lemon drizzle cake will be available with tea and coffee before and after the evening’s talk.