Media Release: Michelle McManus to test her bakery skills to start the search for the Scottish Baker of the Year 2014



TIME: 11-11.30am

DATE: Wednesday 26th  February

VENUE: Stephens Bakery – Unit 21, Dunfermline Business Park, Primrose Lane, Dunfermline, Fife KY11 2RN

MICHELLE McManus, Scottish singer-songwriter, actress, columnist, radio DJ and television presenter, who rose to fame after winning the second series of the UK talent show Pop Idol, will join Andre Sarafilovic, the Scottish Baker of the Year 2013 and TV judge, Mich Turner MBE, at an exclusive MASTER CLASS at the Stephens Bakery in Dunfermline to mark the launch of the 2014 search for excellence in artisan Scottish baking.

Michelle and our other guests will be shown how the experts do it before being asked to show off their skills and have a go for themselves.

A family baker who prides himself on making everything from scratch from ethically sourced, quality ingredients, Andre was crowned the Scottish Baker of the Year by Mich Turner at a glittering ceremony last year and since then the business has continued to go from strength to strength.

TV judge, Mich Turner, has agreed to join Andre and they will both share some of their secrets during an exclusive MASTERCLASS at the family bakery on 26th February. With exceptional demonstrations on offer as well as the chance to ‘have a go’ for themselves and taste a range of Stephens’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 2013 and to mark the start of the search for our 2014 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 and over 15,000 in 2013,” says Gordon McGhee, president of Scottish Bakers. “We are delighted to launch our third nation-wide search for the Scottish Baker of the Year in 2014.”

TV judge, Mich Turner, will once again support the competition by compering the awards which will be presented in May. Mich said: “I am delighted to once again be involved in this event. As a professional cake-designer, 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, bread, scone, savoury, individual cake and biscuit whilst seeking to crown the best baker in the land.

2013 winner, craft bakery and family-owned business, Stephens Bakery, 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 have represented and promoted the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland. They aim to be an integral part of each member’s business by providing support for bakers of all sizes. They provide a valuable source of help, advice, information, assistance and skills development for bakers throughout Scotland.

Most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members and exist for their benefit.  They are proud of their motto, ‘for the good of all’.

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