Published: May 26, 2022 | Updated: May 27, 2022

Piece of cake for TV celebrity baker Maggie as she demonstrates her skills at cookery event

Great British Bake Off’s Maggie Richardson (centre) with (left to right) Sean Kehoe, MK Interiors; Matt Renaut, Dacombes of Wimborne; Ione and David Crossley, Salamander Cookshop.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

TV celebrity baker Maggie Richardson was the star attraction when three independent businesses cooked up a storm in Wimborne.

Dacombes of Wimborne, MK Interiors and Salamander Cookshop have joined forces for a series of innovative cookery workshops and kitchen-themed events.

They aim to bring cookware to life as well as highlight their products and services and share their customer base.

The events are hosted by Dacombes of Wimborne using its custom-built kitchen showroom, created by kitchen specialists MK Interiors.

The guest presenters and cookware are arranged and supplied by Salamander Cookshop.

David Crossley, Co-owner of Salamander, said: “The idea came about when we all met at a Wimborne Chamber breakfast.

“We’re on a mission to bring cookware to life.

“There’s such great synergy between our three businesses and having access to Dacombes’ state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen is like having your own TV demo kitchen to host live events.”

Some events even feature famous TV faces.

The latest was with Maggie, the first-ever Dorset contestant on Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off.

She demonstrated her cake decorating skills while regaling the audience with behind-the-tent tales.

Maggie, who lives in Poole and is known as Maggie ‘the seaside baker’, told the audience: Today is the anniversary of my first day in that famous tent.

“It was even more of a challenge for us as we had to adhere to strict Covid guidelines during filming.

“And it was so hot!

“A day’s filming started at 5.30am with the temperature around seven degrees and didn’t finish until 9pm when it had soared to forty degrees.

“Working in a demo kitchen like this is a dream.”

Matt Renaut, Managing Director, Dacombes of Wimborne, said: “This partnership between three businesses just shows how we can work together, pool resources and facilities and all benefit.

“It also brings a real buzz to the store having famous faces like Maggie here. And we get to eat great cake!”

Dacombes of Wimborne and Salamander Cookshop were both recently recognised as Wimborne Business Award winners.

Salamander Cookshop picked up the Special Innovation Award and Dacombes achieved the Excellence in the Community Award.

The next joint cookware event takes place on Thursday June 16 and features a demonstration of the KitchenAid mixer.