Media release: Bakers’ favourites to be put to the test at Scottish Baker of the Year 2022/3 judging day

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

Date: Wednesday 16th March 2022

Time: 10.30am

AS bakery customers throughout Scotland continue to have their say in the Scottish Baker of the Year Customer Choice category, Scotland’s bakers have put forward their star products and on 16th March a host of industry experts’ will taste test each and every entry at the much-anticipated Scottish Baker of the Year Judging Day in Dunfermline.

This years’ crop of entries includes a wide range of ‘brilliant bakes’ with accolades on offer for the best scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits as well as the latest categories including French and Danish-style pastries and Free-from bread, biscuits and cakes. And of course, the ultimate prize will be to be crowned Scottish Baker of the Year.

Says Alasdair Smith, chief executive of organisers, Scottish Baker: “Every day in Scotland, we can enjoy a buttery for breakfast, a sandwich made from a fresh loaf for lunch, afternoon tea with mouth-watering sweet treats and a fresh piping hot pie for supper. But the bakers who carefully make the pies, scones, loaves, savouries, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits sold in Scotland every day are the hidden gem of our economy and of our culture.”

The competition is now in its tenth year.

Smith adds: “So, after a difficult two years for us all where the resilience, creativity and ingenuity of our members to survive a global pandemic has been tested and not found wanting, we are delighted to give Scottish Bakers the chance to shine and showcase their skills.”

The winners will be announced at a glittering gala dinner at the Hilton in Glasgow on Saturday 7th May 2022.

Please take a Lateral Flow Test before your arrival and remember to wash/sanitise your hands and keep a safe distance from other guests, there is plenty of space.

How the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards 2022/23 works

Customer Choice Awards:

Customers vote for their favourite baker online via each bakery’s unique web-link, QR code or using the in-store paper voting forms, from the 3rd February – 6th April 2022.

Paper votes MUST be received by 6th April, any paper votes received after this date may not be counted.

These votes will then determine the winners of the Customer Choice Awards in the four main business categories:  Bakery Café, Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker and Wholesale Baker

The finalists and winners of the customer choice awards will be presented on Friday 6th May 2022 following the announcement of the regional product award winners.

Product judging:

From 3rd February bakers were able to register up to 10 of their products that they would like to submit for product judging on 16th March 2022.

Business judging:

Each Scottish Bakers member who achieves a bronze award or above will be eligible to take part in the business judging part of the competition.

The four business categories are: Craft Baker of the Year (three shops or less); Retail Craft Baker of the Year (four shops or more); Wholesale Baker of the Year (no shops) and Bakery Café of the Year for cafés who produce the bulk of their own baked goods either on-site or at a dedicated bakery unit.

The ultimate Scottish Baker of the Year Award will be awarded to one of the four category winners.

Non-members will not be eligible to enter the business judging part of the Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

When will the awards be presented?

Regional Awards and Customer Choice Awards will be presented on Friday 6th May 2022 and the National Awards (which includes special awards), business category winners and the overall Scottish Baker of the Year 2022/3 will be announced on Saturday 7th May 2022.

Notes for editors:

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

With thanks to our awards partners: Bako

Thanks also go to our other sponsors:

Carr’s Flour, Fleming Howden, Virgin Money, DMD, Macphie, Bakels, Puratos, Andrew Ingredients, American Pan UK, Scotland Food and Drink, Rondo and Dawn Foods

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