THE stars were shining bright on Saturday night as the great and the good of the bakery world came out to help Scottish Bakers celebrate 125 years of support to the industry which it is so proud to serve.
Tributes on the night were led by president, Craig McPhie, who said: “The association is going from strength to strength and tonight is our opportunity to celebrate our success and indeed our fantastic trade.”
Recognised by everyone who is anyone in Scottish baking as the voice of the bakery sector in Scotland, Scottish Bakers has become an integral part of its members businesses providing specialist support services for bakeries of all sizes.
From just 64 bakers at the first meeting in 1891 – where the association was established – to a sector that today employs some 20,000 people, the success of the association mirrors the success of the bakery industry as a whole, thanks in more recent times to the success of The Great British Bake Off and Britain’s Best Bakery – hosted by Mich Turner MBE who was made a life-time member of the association on Saturday.
Said Scottish Bakers’ chief executive, Alan Clarke: “The couture queen of cakes, Mich Turner MBE, has been the face of the Scottish Baker of the Year competition for four years, now.
“And she is the best ambassador any organisation could wish for. It was a delight to be able to honour her as a life-time member at the weekend and we very much look forward to working with her in the years to come.”
To mark the occasion, Zudsucker UK presented Scottish bakers with a ‘cake to end all cakes’.
Master baker and judge of the Scottish Baker of the Year Competition, Robert Ross, spent over 400 hours baking and decorating a stunning six-sided, intricate lace panelled cake which left guests truly speechless.
Robert, who has worked in the industry for more than 50 years, said: “The association means everything to me so to create the cake was a huge honour and worth every minute of my time.”
Scottish Bakers were also gifted their own tartan on the night by Carrs Flour Mill.
Reflecting the colours of the Scottish Bakers logo, the stunning design is now included on the Scottish Register of Tartans.
Allan Burns, of Carrs Flour Mills, said: “It’s an incredible achievement to reach 125 years and something we should all be proud of.”
Host, Carol Smillie, who earlier this year announced the winner of the World Scotch Pie Championships in Cumbernauld, managed to hold the 350-strong crowd together long enough to enjoy the wonderful voice of another Scottish Baker ambassador, Michelle McManus, who helped to launch the 2014 and 2016 searches for the Scottish Baker of the Year in her own inimitable style.
Entertainment was provided by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Donne Munro and his band.
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