Media Release: Announcing the 2015 Scottish Baker of the Year finalists and Scottish Bakers Conference (May 8 and 9)


SCOTTISH Bakers has confirmed that its annual industry conference and Scottish Baker of the Year Awards 2015 presentation will once again take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow on 8th and 9th May.

Says a spokesperson: “This year’s keynote address will be from Lord Digby Jones, former UKTI Minister and UK Skills Ambassador, who will be speaking about how today’s bakery business can unlock its potential.

“Also, Mich Turner, who is the Scottish Baker of the Year Ambassador, will be hosting an exclusive masterclass, focusing on her Raspberry Rose Ombré Cake as well as delivering a session entitled, ‘Confessions of a cake lady’.”

Key speakers include Pete Sidwell, who is designing the menu for the new NHS Scotland coffee shops – which must include healthy products – Martin Lighbody, on how he has been successful in evolving his business at home and abroad; and Paul Grant, formerly of United Biscuits.

We will also hear from the current World Scotch Pie Champion, Linda Hill, and reigning Scottish Baker of the Year, Ashers Bakery from Nairn.

Entertainment comes courtesy of Les McKeown Bay City Rollers who will be taking to the stage on Friday evening.

Continues the spokesperson: “But the highlight of the weekend will be the presentation of the Scottish Baker of the Year 2015 Awards.

“Over 23,000 customers from across Scotland voted for their favourite bakery products across seven categories and on 31st March, 170 bakers delivered 600 of their most popular scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes, products made from California Raisins and biscuits for judging by the professionals whose job it is to decide upon the best seven products in the land and the shortlist has been announced.

“Forty-nine bakers have won product awards and the judging has now entered its final phase with submissions being sought for the three new categories in the competition – Craft Baker of the Year, Retail Baker of the Year, or Wholesale Baker of the Year – as well as the ultimate winner, Scottish Baker of the Year.”

Scottish Bakers would like to congratulate all our finalists:

Argo’s Bakery, Stromness
Ashers Bakery, Nairn
Aulds, Greenock
Bakery Andante, Edinburgh
Bayne’s the Family Bakers, Lochore, Fife
Biggar Flavour, Biggar
Border Biscuits, Lanark
Bostock Bakery, North Berwick
Breadalbane Bakery & Tea Room, Aberfeldy
Brownings the Bakers, Kilmarnock
Cuckoo’s Bakery, Edinburgh
G H Barnett & Son, Cellardyke
Goodfellows of Dundee
Greggs, Glasgow
Gretna Bakery
Harry Gow, Inverness
Humble Pie Bakery, Bothwell
Irvines Bakers & Confectioners, Beith
J B Christie, Airdrie
J G Ross, Inverurie
John Gillespie & Sons, Stranraer
Keptie Bakery, Letham
Maclean’s Highland Bakery, Forres
Majella’s, Kirkintilloch
McGhee’s Bakery, Glasgow
McPhie’s Craft Bakers, Glasgow
Mimi’s Bakehouse, Edinburgh
Morton’s Rolls, Glagow
Murdoch Allan & Sons, Hatton
Murrays, Perth
Nicoll’s Rosebank Bakery, Dundee
Oliphant Bakers, Falkirk
Pathhead Bakery, New Cumnock
Pinnies & Poppy Seeds, Edinburgh
Premium Roll Company, Loanhead
R Little Bakers, Moffat
Reid’s of Caithness, Thurso
Rendall’s Bakery, Kirkwall
Stephens, Dunfermline
Stobbs the Baker, Ayr
Stuarts of Buckhaven
T A Francis & Sons, Annan
The Bakery, Dunbar
The Edinburgh Bakehouse
The Hame Bakery, Peterhead
The Kandy Bar, Saltcoats
The Wee Bakery, Newburgh
Three Little Bakers, Inverness
Tower Bakery, Perth

The final results will remain a closely guarded secret until 9th May when Mich will announce the results and also crown the Scottish Baker of the Year 2015, a crown currently held by Asher’s of Nairn.

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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