ELTHAM is gearing up to put itself on the map again, with its annual cheese scone competition to be judged by Masterchef NZ winner, followed by an attempt to mix and cook the world’s largest scone.
Brett McGregor, who recently took away the national Masterchef title, is the son of Annette McGregor, famous for her cheese scones sold at Eltham Four Square.
Brett will judge the iconic competition on June 26 and competition will be fierce. Last year at the inaugural bake-off there were 74 entries.
Entry will be a bag of self-raising flour, which will go towards baking a giant scone in July.
Shaun McCarthy, of Eltham 4 Square, and Annette are next month planning an attempt to cook the world’s biggest scone, and beat the size of a UK scone cooked last year.
The British scone weighed 49.89 kilograms and was a metre across, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
Local Bernie Wyss is building a giant oven for the job, using three barbeques side by side with silver foil on top.
"We will need about 30kg of flour and we are aiming for a 50kg scone," said Shaun.
He is in contact with the Guinness Records people and he hopes the attempt on the giant scone will be later next month.
The scone will then be auctioned on Trademe and proceeds will go towards painting the town’s new reservoir yellow, above Eltham on ‘Cheese Hill,’ to match the cheese theme in the village.