Leeds Rhinos rugby star Danny McGuire made a special trip to the Harrogate offices of Stowe Family today to judge the finale of the firm’s annual baking competition.
In homage to popular TV show The Great British Bake Off, members of the firm compete to impress each other with their culinary skills as the show progresses, bringing into each office an imaginative selection of sweet treats carefully laboured over the night before. Last year’s winner, by popular vote, was Managing Director Charles Hartwell.
But this year the firm decided to take the competition up a gear. Stowe Family Law Senior Partner Marilyn Stowe is a confirmed Leeds Rhinos fan, and after meeting the popular half back at a recent fundraising dinner for the teams’ community foundation, she invited him to judge the finale.
Danny, who turns 33 next week, happily agreed, and scheduled a special trip to the gym “so I don’t feel too guilty tasting all the great cakes!”
Executive assistant Chantal Wilkinson scooped the prize, for a sparking Italian Orange Cake. She takes home an eye-catching Stowe Family Law Star Baker apron for her efforts.
The worthy runners-up were Facilities Manager Russell Clarke, Tash Burton – Managing Partner of the firm’s Wilmslow office, and Trainee Solicitor Charlotte Newman.
Stowe Family Law have made a donation of £2,250 to the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, a very worthy charity which works to support communities across Leeds. Meanwhile, Danny kindly brought along a signed rugby ball for the event.
Mrs Stowe said:
“We’d all like to thank Danny for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and visit our offices. We hope he enjoyed our bakers’ amazing efforts!”