Media release: ‘The Great Scottish BAKO-Cake-Off’ competitors announced and Ruth Davidson MSP is set to take on the challenge

Mich Turner at the Scottosh Baker of the Year Awards 2017


Date: Saturday 5th May

Time: 0830hours arrival for an 0845 to 0930 event

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow

 SCOTTISH Bakers, the association which represents the interests of bakers across Scotland, will be holding its 127th annual conference and awards weekend on 4th and 5th May at The Crowne Plaza in Glasgow and, as is now customary, Saturday’s programme will get off to a ‘sticky’ start.

Scottish Bakers’ Ambassador and world renowned couture-cake-queen, Mich Turner MBE, who is hosting the conference, will be putting some hungry competitors through their paces to mark the opening of the annual event.

Five competitors will take to the stage to take part in a ‘Generation Game-style BAKO cake-off’ on Saturday morning and keynote speaker – MSP and leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, Ruth Davidson MSP – will be joining Dan Harrison, Steve Hill, Amy Miles and Tracey Reid to decorate a couture cake to Mich’ exacting standards.

“As a sector, we are always up bright and early and what better a way to start the day than with a bit of healthy competition,” commented Mich. “And with these competitors, I am expecting some real creativity and a professional touch on the stage on Saturday 5th May. I will be giving expert tuition and I expect my lead to be followed with some great cake designs as a result. Let’s hope that all our guests are up to the challenge!”

The conference, which brings together  key thinkers from across the sector to focus on the future for the baking industry in Scotland in the years ahead, has become a key date in the bakery industry’s calendar.

At this critical time in the Brexit process, we are delighted to welcome the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, Ruth Davidson MSP, to give us her vision for the future of Scotland as we exit from the European Union and the challenges the sector will face as a result.

Also on the panel and returning to conference will be Lord Digby Jones who will speak about ‘fixing Britain for the good of all’.

There will be sessions on Modern Apprenticeship training and how we can benefit as a sector from this renewed focus on investing in skills for future generations; and as Facebook and other social channels come under increasing pressure, we look at the place of Social Media in relation to employment law. On a lighter note, Steve Hewlett will be providing some entertainment before the climax of the weekend, the presentation of the Scottish Baker of the Year 2018 Award.

“In these fast-changing times, this year’s conference could not be better timed to allow the sector, in all its aspects, to come together under one roof and help to really shape our industry as we take on the challenges of Brexit, employment law, social media and our social responsibility,” says Scottish Bakers’ chief executive, Alasdair Smith.

“And, of course, the conference is where we announce who will be crowned Scottish Baker of the Year 2018 so once we have thrashed out the key issues of the day, we will get a chance to celebrate the success of each and every one of our members.”

The Scottish Baker of the Year competition, which has been running since 2012, celebrates our love of a tasty treat from our local baker and will 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!

“This competition is based on real votes from real customers, so it really is a huge honour for all the bakers who are up for a prize, and I wish all our entrants good luck on the day,” commented Craig McPhie, president of Scottish Bakers and himself a successful baker.

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 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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