PHOTOS: Wollongong rises to bake-off challenge

It was rolling pins at 20 paces at Wollongong TAFE on Friday as the Illawarra team attempted to defend its title in the NSW Bake Skills competition.

Kallan Braigg puts the finishing touches to his dish in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Kallan Braigg puts the finishing touches to his dish in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE winner Amelia Preston. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE winner Amelia Preston. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

The winning team will represent NSW at the Fine Food Fair in Melbourne in September, with the top-performing state representing Australia in the Asian division of the World Pastry Cup in Singapore.

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Last year, the Wollongong team - Jessica Timpano and John Reminis - took out the national competition, baking treats inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

Illawarra TAFE's Amelia Preston was announced as the winner in the pastry cooking section on Friday night.

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Head judge Leif Madsen in action. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Head judge Leif Madsen in action. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wollongong TAFE students compete in the NSW Bake Skills competition. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER