SCOTTISH Bakers, the trade association that supports the bakery trade in Scotland, is delighted to announce that its World Championship Scotch Pie Awards will run this coming year, 2021, but with a slightly different format.
Each year, the title is hard-fought by butchers and bakers throughout Scotland and beyond. But with COVID restrictions currently preventing gatherings, the 2021 competition will be a little different.
Begins Scottish Bakers chief executive, Alasdair Smith: “Restrictions in place to combat COVID mean that our annual November judging day was not possible and neither was the awards lunch in January.
“So, we have taken the decision to run the competition, but with some changes for this year to ensure the Awards retain their place in the annual calendar.
“We will be inviting all previous World Scotch Pie Champions to enter their winning Scotch Pie into a 2021 ‘champions of champions’ competition. They will be asked to submit their pies for a socially-distanced judging with head judge, Ian Nelson, plus Paul Long from our partner sponsor, BAKO North Western Group.
“Judging will be blind as always and an independent auditor will be on hand to oversee proceedings to ensure fairness, all round.”
Judging will take place on 12 January 2021 with the Champion of Champions being announced on the 19 January, although everything is subject to possible change based on future changes to COVID measures.
The competition is delighted to have the support of Scottish Craft Butchers on this unique ‘champion of champions’.
Scottish Craft Butchers’ executive manager, Gordon King, said: “Scottish Craft Butchers are delighted to support the champion of champions Scotch Pie evaluation.
“In these difficult times, it is more important than ever to recognise the traditional skills and hard work that goes in to develop and produce a truly iconic Scottish product. We look forward to seeing the past champions of butchers, bakers and all pie makers, do battle to see who will be crowed the best of the best. Good luck to all the entrants.”
Alasdair Smith added: “We hope you will join with us in wishing the past winners all the best in going head to head with each other to be crowned Champion of Champions for 2021.”
The competition, which has run for 22 years, highlights the fantastic pastry products that bakers and butchers create every day from the humblest of ingredients. Recognising the best in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.
Notes for editors:
Scottish Bakers has been supporting and protecting the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade for almost 130 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 Championship 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 its motto, ‘for the good of all’.
Awards partner: Bako Northwestern Group
Supported By Scottish Craft Butchers.
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