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Forres featured on Flour Power

By Staff Reporter

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A FORRES-based business will feature on BBC Scotland tonight (Wednesday, June 5).

Over 10 episodes, new series Flour Power is visiting workplaces to watch four colleagues compete against each other to be the company’s official baking champ which will be revealed at a Bake Sale to the critical eye of their colleagues and, more importantly, to the judges.

In the first episode, Flour Power is at the Forres branch of Moray Coast Vets where veterinary surgeons Mark Pearson and Johanna Vicary, veterinary nurse Anna Jermyn, and student veterinary nurse Kristin Munro dusted the rolling pins and raided the larder with all eyes on the Flour Power trophy, and bragging rights over their workmates.

Mark though filming was surprisingly hard work.

He said: "Working and then baking in front of the cameras was a bit stressful but the TV crew were great and did a good job of fitting into a busy day at work.

"There was some rivalry between the bakers, but we’re a pretty close knit team so there was as much support as there was banter!"

The Forres vets were filmed at work on the first morning, then at their homes baking. The following day they were recorded making final preparations and travelling to Rafford Village Hall.

"Then we waited around as they took lingering shots of our bakes," said Mark. "After that the public, families and friends came in to buy cakes and taste our produce. We asked for donations, and the production company contributed to the money from the public."

He added: "Thank you to the clients who allowed us to film their animals and fitted around the requirements of the day."

Almost £500 was raised for NEW ARC, a wildlife rescue and rehab centre in Aberdeenshire that Moray Coast Vets work with when the public bring in injured wild animals.

Each week series judge, Nichola Reith will be joined by a local judge to taste, debate, berate and celebrate each of our competitors’ efforts.

At the end of the bake sale, it will be revealed who the judges have declared the workplace winner, worthy of the Flour Power Trophy.

So will Mark’s Scotch pie complete with locally sourced beef be any match for Johanna’s deep zesty lemon and blueberry cheesecake or Kristin’s Vanilla and Almond cake?

Anna is the favourite to win and so she’s opting for a Victoria Sponge to wow series judge Nichola Reith who is all about the taste, and today’s local judge Fraser Gow.

Once all the workmates’ creations are revealed, tasted, judged and scored, the question is just who will have the bragging rights to use at will around the surgery.

Over the course of the series, other workplaces featured will include colleagues in a Perth hairdresser, an Aberdeen law firm, a distillery in Islay and a digital company in Dundee.

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