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"What on earth?" Eden Project chef makes planet-shaped pasty

The head chef at the Eden Project in Cornwall has cooked up a novel way to mark the beginning of the World Pasty Championships - by creating an enormous Cornish pasty in the shape of the earth.

Tony Trenerry spent more than eight hours slaving over the colossal snack. It's 70cm in diameter, and needed an extra large oven.

He said it was the toughest, and heaviest, baking challenge of his career.

He said: "I was inspired by the amazing collection of competitive pasties at last year's World Pasty Championships and wanted to do my bit to inspire entrants to this year's competition.

"Word about the competition is spreading and, as well as local bakers, we have had interest from around the world, including enquiries from the US and Canada."

I was inspired by the amazing collection of competitive pasties at last year's World Pasty Championships and wanted to do my bit to inspire entrants to this year's competition.

– Tony Trenerry, Eden Project Head Chef

MPs due to visit the Eden Project in Cornwall

Inside one of Eden's famous biomes Credit: ITV News

The Government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be at the Eden Project later as part of a study into tourism.

Representatives will take a tour around the project before meeting key figures in the industry. The aim of the visit is to encourage tourism outside London - and discuss the future of the industry in Cornwall.

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Eden Project to take on more than 20 apprentices

The apprentices will be trained in a range of jobs including working in horticulture and hospitality Credit: ITV Westcountry

Cornwall's Eden Project unveils its biggest ever apprenticeship scheme today.

More than 20 apprentices will be taken on at the end of the month. They'll work in a variety of areas including horticulture, vehicle maintenance and hospitality.

The scheme is being run in partnership with Cornwall College and the Edge Foundation.

Most successful crop of bananas at Eden Project

It's looking like this year will be the best ever for the bananas grown at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The banana plants in the rainforest biome are currently in bloom with their clusters of fruit and flowers, and they are in for a bumper harvest. The plants are also grown outside, sheltered by the biomes.

Horticulturalist, Hetty Ninnis tells us why this year has been such a success:

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Best ever harvest for bananas grown at Eden Project

Best ever harvest for bananas grown at Eden Project Credit: ITV News West Country

It's looking like this year will be the best ever for the bananas grown at the Eden Project in Cornwall.The banana plants in the rainforest biome are currently in bloom with their clusters of fruit and flowers, and they are in for a bumper harvest.

The plants are also grown outside, sheltered by the biomes.

Thousands take part in Big Lunch

Thousands of people across the west country enjoyed a Sunday lunch with a difference yesterday. They were taking part in the Big Lunch, started four years ago as a way of bringing local communities together.

It's a national event now, run by the Big Lottery Fund, but it all started down here and is still led by the Eden Project as John Andrews reports.

Male choir from Mevagissey gear up for Eden gig

One of Cornwall's most successful male choirs is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a very special concert.

The Mevagissey Male Voice Choir will be performing at the Eden Project, with full symphony accompaniment, and even the Military Wives.

Cornwall has a long and proud tradition of male voice choirs, going back to the days when miners would sing together in chapel.

Friday's performance could be the biggest gig of their careers, as Kathy Wardle reports.

Monster flower to bloom at Eden Project

The Titan Arum can grow up to 10ft Credit: Eden Project

One of the biggest flowers in the world is due to bloom at the Eden Project. Taking up to six years to grow, the Titan Arum can grow up to 10 feet tall. That's the size of a large Christmas tree! This particular flower is the ninth one to grow at Eden's Rainforest Biome.

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