Media Release: The generation game returns as fifth-generation baker says, ‘have a go’

Scottish Bakers

The Scottish Baker of the Year 2012 gives first ever masterclass to celebrate the launch of the 2013 search for the best baker in the land


TIME: 10 – 11am

DATE: Tuesday 19th February

VENUE: Harry Gow Bakery, Smithton Industrial Estate, Inverness, IV2 7WL

HARRY Gow, the Scottish Baker of the Year 2012, has agreed to host an exclusive MASTERCLASS at his SCRATCH BAKERY in Inverness to mark the launch of the 2013 search for excellence in artisan Scottish baking.

Guests, made up of well known celebrities and customers, will have an unprecedented opportunity to see a true master at work and to ‘have a go’ under the tutelage of Harry himself.

Guests will be shown how the experts:

  • Ice Harry Gow’s famous ‘Dream Rings’
  • Decorate a Birthday Cake
  • Hand mould bread (Poppy Twist)
  • Pipe a meringue Pavlova on a turntable before being asked to show off their skills and have a go for themselves.

A fifth-generation family baker who prides himself on making everything from scratch from ethically sourced, quality ingredients, Harry was crowned the first ever Scottish Baker of the Year at a glittering ceremony last year and since then the business has continued to go from strength to strength.

Harry has agreed to share some of his secrets during an exclusive MASTERCLASS at the family bakery on 19th February. With exceptional demonstrations on offer as well as the chance to ‘have a go’ for themselves and taste a range of Harry Gow’s stunning products, our guests are sure to have the experience of a lifetime.

We would love you to join us to celebrate the skills of the Scottish Baker of the Year 2012 and to mark the start of the search for our 2013 winner.

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Notes for editors:

Everyone loves a tasty treat from their local baker. With thousands upon thousands of scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits sold in Scotland every day, our artisan bakers work hard to keep us all going.

So, in 2012 Scottish Bakers, the Trade Association for bakers in Scotland, decided to search for the best baker in the land.

“We received some 12,500 votes from members of the public from all across Scotland in 2012,” says Gordon McGhee, president of Scottish Bakers.

“We are delighted to launch our second nation-wide search for the Scottish Baker of the Year in 2013.”

TV judge and artisan baker, Paul Hollywood, will once again support the competition by compering the awards which will be presented in May.

Paul said: “I am delighted to once again be involved in this event. As a professional baker with strong roots in Scotland, I have been really impressed by the quality and creativity Scottish bakers are demonstrating and I look forward to being surprised and delighted again this year.”

As interest in home baking and artisan baked goods continues to grow, Scottish Bakers, which supports and promotes the interests of bakers in Scotland, will be looking for the best morning roll, loaf, scone, savoury, individual cake and new category biscuit whilst seeking to crown the best baker in the land.

2012 winner, craft bakery and family-owned business Harry Gow of Inverness said of their win: “We were extremely pleased to be recognised as Scotland’s best baker. We have an ethos that we must make everything ourselves from scratch and this, along with our consistently high product quality, was recognised by the judges.

“Since winning our business has gone from strength to strength and we have been able to share our success with all of our customers by continuing to provide the best baked goods day in and day out.”

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.

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’.

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