THE OBSERVER has teamed up with the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel Golf and Country Club to get readers into the Christmas spirit nice and early this year.
Every year the hotel’s highly-skilled pastry chef Nazim Hussain creates a magical Christmas offering in the main reception for all to enjoy.
Last Christmas he made a child size ginger bread house and followed this up with a stunning depiction of a stag and young deer in a woodland setting using 32 kilos of dark chocolate.
This year the 31-year-old, who has been a pastry chef for 13 years, has created an edible igloo cake which will take pride of place in the foyer of the luxury hotel – itself preparing for a festive makeover of decorations, trees and baubles to create a magical December.
What Nazim is asking artistic young Observer readers to do is to draw, colour or paint their very own igloo as part of a Christmas scene – and send it in to the hotel to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize.
The competition is open to children aged six to 11 and the winner will receive a mini version of the igloo cake – along with a celebratory festive lunch with their mum, dad and siblings.
They will also get the chance to cut the ribbon and officially unveil the igloo cake.
The runner-up of the competition will also receive a mini version of the cake.
Hotel Manager Eamonn Thompson said: “Everyone in the hotel always looks forward to seeing what Nazim would produce next and his Christmas creations had become one of the hotel’s festive traditions.
“Our competition is open to all children aged between six and eleven who can use any colour medium they like be it paints, felt tip pens or crayons.
“They can also be imaginative with their igloos, which don’t have to be white, and there will also be an igloo cake for our runner up.”
The deadline for the competition is December 9 and entries must be sent to: Jo Pinches, Sales and Marketing Department, Marriott Forest of Arden, Maxstoke Lane, Meriden, CV7 7HR.