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Which tasty treats will win in this sea of scones, loaves, savouries, cakes, morning rolls and biscuits? Judging is underway for the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards


Have you ever wondered what 850 scones, loaves, savouries, cakes, morning rolls and biscuits all in one room looks like? That is exactly what faced the 56 professional judges in Dunfermline today. 

11,000 bakery customers up and down the land voted for their favourite bakery bites and 115 bakers were asked to send in products for judinging - 850 products arrived for scrutiny and the final shortlist has been settled on. But the results will remain a closely held secret until 5th & 6th May.

Judging took place today for the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards 2017 and judges spent a full day with the objective of selecting the 'crème de la crème' from the entries submitted to draw up a shortlist that really does represent the best bakery bites in the land.

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 and every vote really has counted in drawing up the list of products invited through to the professional judging stage – your local baker could take the title!”

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:

Public voting for this year’s Scottish Baker of the Year Awards 2017 has now closed.

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.

This year also 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.

But the ultimate winner will be crowned the Scottish Baker of the Year 2017/18.