Media release: Local schools rise to the challenge in Kilmarnock


The launch of the search for the Scottish Baker of the Year 2019

Venue: Brownings The Bakers Ltd, Block 1, Bonnyton Industrial Estate, Kilmarnock,  Ayrshire, KA1 2NP

Date: Wednesday 6th March

Press are invited from 10.00am for a ‘Generation Game’-style bake-off, interviews and a photo call.

“Everyone loves a tasty treat from their local baker,” says Scottish Bakers ambassador and star baker in her own right, Mich Turner MBE. “So I am calling on everyone who pops into their local bakery to vote for their favourite baked goodies. Your votes could help them win the Scottish Baker of the Year crown for 2019.”

To mark the start of the competition, young people from Galston Primary School and Onthank Primary School are warming up to take part in a ‘Generation Game’-style bake-off.

Current champs, Brownings the Bakers, will host the official launch of the competition, with managing director, John Gall, and couture cake queen, Mich Turner MBE, the Scottish Bakers ambassador, setting the tasks.

Head judge and industry veteran, Robert Ross, will be on hand to ensure fair play and to assess the contestants efforts and determine if they look good enough to eat.

“It will be hotly contested,” says Mich Turner. “I am expecting to find some real bakery stars of the future in the young people who are coming along, and the stakes are high!”

Adds Alasdair Smith, chief executive of competition organisers, Scottish Bakers: “With 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.”

He continued, of the competition, now in its eighth year: “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 ask your baker for a voting form or log on to our website to vote now!”

Brownings the Bakers goody bags will be available for all reporters and photographers!

Voting opens on 6th March and runs until 20th March. Voting forms are available from all participating bakeries  or shoppers can vote online  by logging on to – voting automatically enters you into a draw to win one of 7 Apple Watches.

Judging day will be 17th April at Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY.

The winner will be announced at a glittering gala dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow on Saturday 8th June 2019.

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’.

Partner sponsor

With thanks to our sponsor Bako North Western Group.

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