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Michelle McManus and Grado show their 'creative side' as they launch the search for the Scottish Baker of the Year 2017 but STV's David and Jennifer are the 'yummiest'

“Our Saltcoats bakery has never seen the like” said Scottish Baker of the Year2016 Stephen McAllister of The Kandy Bar as his bakery played host to the new face of the competition, Michelle McManus and a host of other well known faces for the launch of the 2017 search for the Scottish Baker of the Year.

Singing sensation and the new face of the Scottish Baker of the Year competition Michelle McManus along with World Of Sport Champion Wrestler Grado took on STV Glasgow’s Live at Five presenters David Farrell and Jennifer Reoch in a bake-off with a difference.

Under the eagle eye of champ Stephen McAllister and competition ambassador, couture cake queen Mich Turner, Michelle, Grado, David and Jennifer:

Jammed & iced Empire Biscuits

Creamed and jammed  a strawberry tart

Applied cream filling to Cream Yum Yums/Donuts

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

Michelle said “Today's competition has been fierce, David came in with back up and he was in it to win it, it would have been a shame to show him up so I let him win. But that said, I am so proud of my team today, Grado's suggestion of decorating a cup cake with design of a car was genius, it's just a shame he couldn't pull it off.

STV’s David Farrell said “I am delighted to have been here today to go head to head with Michelle again and the competition was fierce but I am so proud of my team and what we achieved today."

"I am so pleased David brought me along today" added Jennifer Reoch "I am a mad keen cake eater and I knew he needed experts on his side today so to win is great."

"It's a disgrace" said Grado "no way were their yum yums better than ours, just look at our cup cakes? How much creativity did the judges want to see….."

We have a feeling we will be seeing Grado again!

 Voting is no open and runs until 8th March so there is not much time to vote by logging on to – voting automatically enters you into a draw to win one of 6 Apple Watches.

The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards are 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 sixth 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.

“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” says Scottish Bakers’ Alan Clarke.

“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!”

2016 winner, Stephen McAllister of The Kandy Bar 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:

The voting for this year’s Scottish Baker of the Year Awards 2017 will begin on Thursday 23 February and voting will run through to Wednesday 8th March 2017.

Winners will be announced at the Scottish Bakers national conference on the 5th & 6th May 2017 at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow.

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

Our aim this year is to encourage more customers to vote online -

This year sees the introduction of a new business category – the Bakery Café of the Year Award. The winner of this new category will then compete alongside the winners of the Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker and Wholesale Baker of the Year, for the title of Scottish Baker of the Year 2017/18

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