TWELVE lucky children kicked off their festive season by creating Swedish gingerbread houses with hospitality icon Miss Maud.
The inaugural competition, held in conjunction with Community Newspaper Group, offered the youngsters the opportunity to join Maud Edmiston and her pastry chefs at a Christmas gingerbread-making party.
Among the winners were Victoria Hill (9), of Kingsley, Woodvale’s Christopher Toneman (6), Kallaroo resident Hannah Rasmussen (10), Charlie Didlock (8), of Hocking, Zane Knight (9), of Attadale, Waterford resident Aleisha Loh (8), Cockburn’s Bailey Otterman (8), Kate Stevens (9), of Success, Palmyra’s Elsie Casie (6), Morley resident Beau Mittler (6), Yanchep’s Lily Emery (8) and Emma Paterson (8), of Innaloo.
Outfitted in small aprons and mini chef hats, the youngsters rolled, cut, baked and decorated their own enchanting gingerbread houses and men, learning culinary skills to use throughout the year.
Zane said the experience was “as special as going to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory”.
The children were able to take their creations home, along with Miss Maud’s special recipe.
“It was a delight to share something so close to my heart with these beautiful boys and girls,” Ms Edmiston said.
“Gingerbread making has been in my family for generations and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my love of this tradition with these young bakers – they really were very good.”
The competition was part of Miss Maud’s celebration of 45 years since opening her first Swedish coffee house in Perth.
Following its success, plans are already in motion for this year’s party.