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Scottish Baker of the Year 2019 Has Launched

Friday, 08 March 2019 Industry news

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“Our bakery has never seen the like,” said Scottish Baker of the Year 2018 John Gall of Brownings the Bakers as his bakery played host to competition Ambassador Mich Turner MBE and Head Judge Robert Ross for the launch of the 2019 search for the Scottish Baker of the Year.

Pupils from Onthank and Galston Primary Schools joined Nicola Gall and Wendy Short in a sticky challenge to:

  • Jam & ice Empire Biscuits
  • Apply fondant to Pineapple Cups using a handmade piping bag
  • Apply cream filling to Cream Yum Yums/Donuts

And the ‘icing on the cake’, the Mich Turner technical challenge, was to buttercream a cupcake to her exacting standards!

Voting opens on 6th March and runs until 20th March. Voting forms are available from all participating bakeries  or shoppers can vote online  by logging on to www.scottishbakers.org/vote2019 – voting automatically enters you into a draw to win one of 7 Apple Watches.

Judging day will be 17th April at Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY.

The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards is the brainchild of Scottish Bakers, the Trade Association for bakers in Scotland who decided to search for the best baker in the land in 2012.

Now in its eight year, the competition celebrates our love of a tasty treat from our local baker and aims to crown just one hard working bakery Scottish Baker of the Year.

Scottish Bakers’ Chief Executive Alasdair Smith said:

“With thousands upon thousands of pies, 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”.
“This competition is based on real votes from real customers so we urge customers to vote for their best bites, every vote really does count – your local baker could take the title!”

2018 winner, John Gall of Brownings the Bakers 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.”

Facts about the competition:

Voting opens on 6th March and runs until 20th March. Voting forms are available from all participating bakeries  or shoppers can vote online  by logging on to www.scottishbakers.org/vote2019 – voting automatically enters you into a draw to win one of 7 Apple Watches.

Judging day will be 17th April at Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY.

Winners will be announced at the Scottish Bakers national conference on the 7th and 8th of June 5th at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow.

As part of the competition, we will be awarding the best Scone, Bread, Savoury, Individual Cake, Morning Roll,Biscuit and Celebration Cake in the Country.

Our aim this year is to encourage more customers to vote online – www.scottishbakers.org/vote2019

The winners of each of the main categories – Bakery Café of the Year, Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker and Wholesale Baker of the Year – will then compete  for the title of Scottish Baker of the Year 2019/20

We will also again feature our Manufacturer of the Year Category enabling bakers to vote for their favourite bakery manufacturer.

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