Media Release: Photocall invitation – Michelle McManus in bake-off to launch search for Scottish Baker of the Year


Photocall invitation

Venue: The Kandy Bar, 2-4 Hamilton Street, Saltcoats, Ayrshire KA21 5 DS

Date: Thursday 23rd February 2017

Press are invited from 11.00am for interviews and a photo call.

“Everyone loves a tasty treat from their local baker,” says the new face of the Scottish Baker of the Year competition, Michelle McManus.

“So I am calling on all of us bakery buffs up and down the land to vote for our favourite local baker to help them win the Scottish Baker of the Year crown for 2017.”

To mark the start of the competition, Michelle will take on STV Glasgow’s Live at Five presenters, David Farrell and Jennifer Reoch – as well as World of Sport champion wrestler, Grado, and ‘foodie explorers’ blogger, Emma Mykytyn – in a bake-off.

Current champs, The Kandy Bar, will host the official launch of the competition with reigning champ, Stephen McAllister, and couture cake queen, Mich Turner MBE, the Scottish Bakers ambassador, setting the tasks.

Our two experts will pass on their well-honed skills and head judge, Robert Ross, will be on hand to assess the contestant’s efforts and determine if they look good enough to eat.

“And it will be hotly-contested,” says David.

“Last year, Michelle won but I am convinced it was a fix as my Yum Yum beat hers hands down, so I am looking forward to taking her on again!

“With thousands upon thousands of pies, scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits sold in Scotland every day, our bakers work hard to keep us all going,” says Alan Clarke, of Scottish Bakers, who organise the competition, now in its sixth year.

“So, we are delighted to once again be giving Scottish Bakers the chance to shine and showcase their skills but we need people at home to vote – so log on now!”

The Kandy Bar Goody Bags will be available for all reporters and photographers!

Voting opens on 23rd February 2017 and runs until 8th March so there is not much time to vote by logging on to: – voting automatically enters you into a draw to win one of six Apple watches.

Judging day will be 22nd March at Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY.

And the winner will be announced at a glittering gala dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow on Saturday 6th May 2017.

Notes for editors:

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.

Scottish Bakers each year manages both The World Championships Scotch Pie Awards and The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards – to recognise and celebrate excellence in the sector.

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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