Media Release: Nicola Reid, of JB Christie Bakers, wins 2015 skills competition for young bakers


NICOLA Reid, of JB Christie Bakers in Airdrie, has been announced as the winner of the 2015 James Allan Memorial Competition which is held every year in memory of craft baker, James Allan.

The James Allan Memorial Competition is an annual skills competition for Young Bakers in Scotland.

Last year, Campbell’s Bakery of Crieff got the competition off to a great start by hosting the launch with the help of television personality, Michelle McManus, and last year’s winner, Robert Garner, and runner-up, Sarah Dick.

Commenting on the award Scott Anderson, training and quality manager at Scottish Bakers, said: “Candidates show an exceptional amount of skill and expertise when taking part in this competition.

“Congratulations to Nicola on winning this prestigious competition. On behalf of Scottish Bakers, I wish her every success in the future and hope she becomes a master baker just like James Allen in years to come.”

Candidates are supplied with fermented products from which they must choose one and then make a batch of eight on the day of the competition which is hosted at the Macphies Test Bakery Department in Glenbervie.

The candidates then provide a specification for their chosen product. From the eight produced they select three for the judges to score. Each candidate is also required to finish a batch of products in the quantities shown against listed items. They must bring this product with them.

“It sounds technical and it is,” comments Scottish Bakers chief executive, Alan Clarke.

“The James Allan Memorial Trophy really is a skills test designed to push young professionals and to encourage them to challenge themselves and set the standard for others in the industry. Nicola is a worthy winner and we hope she enjoys the year ahead as our champion.”

As winner of the James Allan Memorial Competition, Nicola Reid receives the coveted trophy and a week long, all expenses-paid trip to Macphie of Glenbervie, staying in a modern cottage situated on the picturesque Glenbervie estate.

“Nicola will have a fantastic, one-off opportunity to work with a great team,” concluded Alan.


Editors notes:

Scottish Bakers was established in 1891 and since then we have represented and promoted the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland.

We aim to be an integral part of each member’s business by providing support for bakers of all sizes.

We provide a valuable source of help, advice, information, assistance and skills development for bakers throughout Scotland.

But most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members, we are all there for their benefit and are proud of our motto, ‘for the good of all’.

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