Orana Primary student teams up with grandmother for Big Bethanie Bake Off


Year 6 student Mikayla Richardson (11) is the youngest finalist to compete in the Bethanie Bake Off. Picture: Marie Nirme
Year 6 student Mikayla Richardson (11) is the youngest finalist to compete in the Bethanie Bake Off. Picture: Marie Nirme

AT 11-years-old Orana Primary School student Mikayla Richardson has mastered culinary skills beyond her years.

Taught by her beloved grandmother and “amazing cook” Christine Scali, Mikayla’s Italian heritage has led her to mastering homemade pasta, passata and sausage.

It is with this love and passion for traditional Italian cuisine that has landed her a position, with her gran, as part of the Big Bethanie Bake Off.

Plating up an eggplant dish titled Melanzane Con Salsa, Mikayla hopes to take home first prize.

Mother Nicole Richardson said she was thrilled to see her mother and daughter join forces to get so far in the cooking competition.

“I grew up in an Italian family and mum is an amazing cook, she has made her own pasta sauce, Italian sausage and pasta all our lives and she passed it all on to Mikayla,” she said.

“They have an incredible bond and are both perfectionists in the kitchen; food is passion for our family.”

The pair will take on others from across the state on Wednesday November 9 at the Seniors Recreational Council of WA’s Have a Go Day, a LiveLighter event.

The Big Bethanie Bake Off is held to encourage Bethanie aged care clients to present their favourite recipe or their grandparent’s favourite recipe, along with a story behind it, to be judged by a panel of experts.

The Big Bethanie Bake Off will highlight Bethanie clients’ culinary prowess and offer the chance to win meaningful prizes, whilst leaving behind an everlasting legacy with all finalist recipes being published in a special recipe booklet.