The Great Halls Bake Off Winner: Olivia Sergeant

Congratulations to our Great Halls Bake Off winner - Olivia Sergeant who has won the winning prize of £500. Olivia is a first-year Civil Engineering student who impressed the judges with her bake which was inspired by Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers painting.

" My biscuit showstopper was inspired by Vincent van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'. I chose this artist and specific piece of their art as we are coming into Summer it seemed appropriate to reflect this in my creation. I also have always liked van Gogh's sunflower pieces, all 12 that he painted, and used colour inspirations from them all.

My piece was assembled from a gingerbread base, to represent a frame, topped with a chocolate shortbread vase. On top of this I used both lemon and poppy seed biscuits as well as orange and cinnamon biscuits, I chose these flavours to reflect summer flavours as well as to introduce a variety of textures. These individual biscuits I then topped with hand piped sunflowers made from coloured and flavoured buttercreams. I also built the design up and out of the frame to give a 3D effect."

Congratulations and well done to all those who took part and made the final. We had some tremendous bakes from everyone and it was great to see so many involved.

The Great Halls Bake Off was organised by LU Arts with the aim of encouraging students living in halls to be creative and get involved in the arts in a fun and engaging way.

LU Arts is interested in funding more arts-related activities in halls in the future – from workshops in common rooms and performances in dining halls to competitions, exhibitions and more. Any interested halls should get in touch with LU Arts to discuss their ideas and find out more by emailing


Loughborough University Arts

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Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

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