SOME say there is a fine art to cooking and if that is true there must be no finer art than show cooking.
Those Sunday morning pikelets with the grandkids that often end up out of shape and a little wonky would definitely not cut-the-cake at the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show's baking competition.
Although, Baking Steward Beverley Bradford said there's one long-time baking family that did exactly that, although these pikelets were up to standard.
While walking around the cabinets on judging day, Beverley saw an older couple who were paying particular attention to the pikelets, so she asked if they had entered.
"It was really lovely, it was a grand-daughter and grand-father competition with the pikelets and grand-dad was victorious which he was extremely happy about," she said.
"They're a wonderful show cooking family who have been doing it for years, the grand-daughter is in primary school and she's really starting to come of age and become a fabulous show cook."
Beverley was an exhibitor for many years before taking on her role as steward of the baking section and it all started 12 years ago when she got "hooked" on show baking.
Thinking she was a reasonably good cook she entered into six competitions at the Kenilworth Show and Rodeo.
"I just wanted one prize, one prize and I'll be happy," she said.
Walking away with one second place for her carrot cake, Beverley was pretty chuffed but was inspired by other entrants to become an even better baker.
"A long term resident at Kenilworth, a lady who I actually knew, a lady by the name of Jean Pearce...as I was leaving I was talking to her and I said 'I wish I could cook like you, Jean' and she said 'well if you've got the time, I've got the place,'" she said.
"So I trundled over to Conondale and we did cooking lessons and she shared recipes and tips with me and I went home and practised insanely for 12 months, went to the Maleny Show and took away six first prizes."
That was it for Beverley, once she had the taste for show baking she was addicted.
"Once you get involved you get pretty hooked because there's so many tips and recipes out there it takes a lot of time to evolve," she said.
"You have to obtain prize winning recipes and there's some insane tips out there to help you."
The judging criteria for show baking is quite strict and Beverley's advice is to always follow the schedule.
"If the schedule says a five centimetre by five centimetre slice you need to follow the schedule and what it says," she said.
"For example with the banana cake for our icing it had to have lemon flavoured icing so when it comes down to the crunch of the first and second, if there's two cakes of equal talent and one hasn't put the lemon flavoured icing in well that one will ultimately come second."
A goal for the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show's baking section is to encourage local seniors who have experience with baking to get involved with the competition.
"Some of them [seniors] just have so much experience with their cakes that we'd love to see them back at the show and entering."