Media release: Scottish Baker of the Year 2022/3 judges put Scotland’s best to the taste test


SCOTLAND’S bakers were out in socially-distanced force in Dunfermline this morning as they proudly delivered up to ten of their star products, to be taste tested by some 55 industry experts at the first Scottish Baker of the Year Judging Day since 2019.

With nearly 500 products from 57 bakers for the judges to assess, in a morning and an afternoon session, to ensure social distancing was maintained, it was a busy day for the judges who were looking at the appearance, the quality of the bake and the taste of each and every product.

With awards on offer in 13 categories for the best scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits as well as the latest categories including French and sweet yeast-raised pastries and free-from bread, biscuits and cakes, the competition was very hot in the judge’s chamber.

But the results will remain a secret until the Scottish Bakers Annual Conference & Awards on 6th and 7th May in Glasgow when the regional and national winners will be announced along with the ultimate title of Scottish Baker of the Year.

Customers can still have their say until 6th April as voting in the Customer Choice Awards is still open.

The results of this vote will determine who will be crowned the Customer Choice winner across the four categories:  Bakery Café, Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker and Wholesale Baker – so vote today. Head into your local bakery and look out for the bakery’s unique web-link, QR code or use the in-store paper voting forms.

“I am really excited to be here today; it’s been a long journey to reach today’s judging and I am really keen to see, taste and smell as many entries as I can get through as every time we run this competition there are surprises,” says Alasdair Smith, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, which organise the competition, now in its tenth year.

“I have been amazed at the resilience and creativity of all of our members over the last two years and I am keen to see how they have used the time not just to creatively meet the needs of their communities with fresh products daily but also to develop new and exciting products as well as perfecting the classics with new twists.”

He added: “Bakers in Scotland truly are the hidden gem of our economy and of our culture and we are delighted to give Scottish Bakers the chance to shine and showcase their skills. But, given world events at the current time, I would like to confirm that, on behalf of its members, we will be making a donation to the Disasters and Emergencies Committee fund.”

The winners will be announced at a glittering Gala dinner at the Hilton in Glasgow on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May 2022 when the sector will come together to focus on Baking the Future taking a look at how bakers are adapting their businesses to explore new opportunities.

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 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 ten of their products that they would like to submit for product judging on 16th March 2022 and the regional and category winners will be selected from these entries.

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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