Media release: Harry Gow makes it a double as they are once again crowned Scottish Baker of the Year


“WOW! We are delighted, absolutely delighted,” said David Gow.

“We work hard every day to create products that our customers think are worthy of a vote in this competition. Year after year, we take home prizes for the quality of our products; but this title reflects on us as a business, so we are beyond pleased to be taking the title back to Inverness one more time.

“I must thank not just the customers who voted for us, but all of our customers who buy our products – week in and week out. And to all of the Harry Gow team, thank you for your hard work and dedication; as a family business, we are all in it together and we could not have done it without you all.”

The bakery was also awarded: 

  • Retail Craft Baker of the Year sponsored by Puratos
  • Best Individual Cake in Scotland for their birthday cake slice and also in this category a Regional Bronze in Highlands and Grampian for their pineapple tart
  • Best Savoury in Scotland for their chicken curry pie
  • National Silver Award for their Celebration Cake
  • Regional Silver in the Highlands and Grampian for their ginger crunch biscuit
  • Regional Bronze in the Highlands and Grampian for their wholemeal bread

Following the votes of over 8,000 bakery customers across Scotland and a rigorous day of blind judging by 50 of the industry’s top professionals, the winners were finally announced on Saturday 8th June at a glittering awards dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow.

“This competition is hugely popular, with thousands of everyday bakery shoppers voting for their favourite products,” said head judge, Robert Ross.

“We received over 30,000 individual product votes for goods baked by the best bakers in Scotland. Harry Gow Bakery can be very proud to take home the top prize in such a competitive field of brilliant products.”

The Scottish Baker of the Year competition, now in its eighth year, recognises Scotland’s best pies, scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, cakes and biscuits. Business awards are also given to the best Bakery Café, Craft Bakery, Retail Craft Bakery and Wholesale Bakery with one lucky baker being crowned Scottish Baker of the Year.

Alasdair Smith of Scottish Bakers, who organise the competition, said: “We are delighted to once again be giving Scottish bakers the chance to shine and showcase their fantastic products and it has given us great delight to present awards to each and every worthy winner.

“But I have to take my hat off to Harry Gow Bakery, to excel in so many of the categories and then to present a compelling business case to the final judges is remarkable, they should be very proud.”

Note for editors:

Scottish Bakers has been supporting and protecting the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade for over 125 years.

Scottish Bakers core purpose is to promote and protect the interests of the trade; representing, advising and supporting all aspects of Scotland’s baking industry to ensure it remains competitive and equipped for growth.

It does this by providing the widest possible range of benefits that help its members sustain and grow their businesses including: skills development, technical information and assistance, competitions, sector intelligence, legal advice, financial discounts, and social and business networking.

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

But, most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members, it is there for their benefit and is proud of our motto, ‘for the good of all’.

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