Media release: Judges gather once again to select the best baker in the land


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Venue: Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY

Date: Wednesday 28th March 2018

Time:   11.00am


SCOTTISH Bakers, the organisation which supports bakers across Scotland, will be bringing together over 850 of the nation’s breads, pies and pastries, as voted for by you, in Dunfermline next Wednesday where a panel of some 50 industry experts will taste-test them all to whittle them down and ultimately crown one business Scottish Baker of the Year 2018.

The current Scottish Baker of the Year, Gary Reid, said: “This competition means the world and since we were crowned champions in May last year, our business has gone from strength to strength. It’s not just an incredible accolade but it’s a real boost to business. I wish all of this year’s contestants well and hope to see a few of my own products in the category finals, even though competition rules mean we can’t take the top prize two years in a row!”

The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards – which is fronted by singing sensation, Michelle McManus – is the brainchild of Scottish Bakers, the trade association for bakers in Scotland who decided to search for the best baker in the land in 2012.

The competition celebrates our love of a tasty treat from our local baker and aims to crown just one hard working bakery Scottish Baker of the Year.

Scottish Bakers asked customers across Scotland to vote for their favourite bakery items in the following categories: morning roll, scone, individual cake, savoury, biscuit, bread and new category, celebration cake.

And the overall winner will be crowned Scottish Baker of the Year!

“With thousands upon thousands of pies, scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits sold in Scotland every day, our artisan bakers work hard to keep us all going,” says Scottish Bakers’ Alasdair Smith.

“This competition is based on real votes from real customers so it really is a huge honour to get through to the judging day stage and I wish all our entrants who have come this far, well on the day.”

And the winner will be announced at a glittering Gala dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow on Saturday 5th May 2018.

Notes to 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 manages both The World championships Scotch Pie Awards each year 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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