Thanks to the votes of customers up and down the country, 33 of Scotland's leading bakers have been recognised by a panel of expert judges as producing some of the best scones, morning rolls and bread as well as sweet and savoury treats in the land.
Customers from across Scotland voted for their best bakery products during March and the top 30 products in each of the five categories were baked and delivered to Fife for judging by a panel of independent experts led by artisan Robert Ross including retired master bakers with extensive experience of the bakery sector in Scotland.
The panel professionally judged all 150 items shortlisted in the five categories: bread, scones, sweets, savouries and morning rolls to decide on which should be put through as the best in the land.
Each category was divided into three regions, covering Northern, Central and Southern Scotland and only 33 bakers baking a total of 45 of the best products were deemed good enough to win a prize and be automatically entered for the ultimate accolade Scottish Baker of the Year.
Within each category, the judges have awarded regional Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and all our shortlisted bakers have been invited to a prestigious ceremony in May where they will find out what colour their regional award will be. All of the regional winners have also been judged on a national level meaning that they could be recognised as having the best bakery product in Scotland! All of the awards will be presented by artisan baker and TV presenter Paul Hollywood who is backing the competition.
The final results will remain a closely guarded secret until 12th May when Paul will announce the results and also crown the first ever Scottish Baker of the Year.
But for now, all our shortlisted bakers can take pride in their place as having produced one of the best products in the land. But they will have to wait until the 12th May until they know exactly how far they have gone in the competition!
Head judge, Robert Ross, commented: “The sheer number of votes has given us a good indication of how strongly the people of Scotland feel about their high street bakers and we were delighted with the quality of the products we had to judge. We believe (bakers name) are worthy of their place on the shortlist and they should be proud to be counted amongst the best of the best of Scottish baking.”
Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers, Alan Clarke, said: “Bakers do a great job day in and day out delivering a quality product and I am sure their customers will agree. What is key for me though is that this competition has given me great heart that the people of Scotland really do value their high street bakers and are pleased to have been able to back them by voting in this competition.”
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Scottish Bakers was established in 1891 and since then we have represented and promoted the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland.
We aim to be an integral part of each member’s business by providing support for Bakers of all sizes.
We provide a valuable source of help, advice, information, assistance and skills development for bakers throughout Scotland.
But most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members, we are all there for their benefit and are proud of our motto “for the good of all.”
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Fruit Scone Alex. Dalgetty and Sons Borders TD1 1NZ
pineaple cake Argyll Bakeries Highlands & Islands Argyll PA28 6SY
steak pie Asher's Bakery Highlands & Islands Nairn IV12 5QW
Cheese & Leek Bread Barnetts Central Anstruther KY10 3HU
Fruit Scone Barnetts Central Anstruther KY10 3HU
strawberry tart Bossard Highlands & Islands Near Oban PA37 1PG
morning roll Bossard Highlands & Islands Near Oban PA37 1PG
Morning Roll Browning's Borders Kilmarnock KA1 2NP
Scotch Steak Pie Calder Millerfield Ltd Central Glasgow G40 3DX
Cupcake Campbell's Bakery Central Crieff PH7 3HB
Fruit Scone Campbell's Bakery Central Crieff PH7 3HB
Corn Bread Denholm Borders Wishaw ML2 8AA
Onion Pie Denholm Borders Wishaw ML2 8AA
Morning Roll Edinburgh Bakehouse Central Edinburgh EH9 1QW
Scone Fisher & Donaldson Central Cupar KY15 5HA
morning roll HARRY GOW Highlands & Islands IV2 7WL
Fruit Scone HARRY GOW Highlands & Islands IV2 7WL
Chocolate Orange Cupcake Humble Pie Bakery Central Glasgow G71 8ER
French Fancy Irvines the bakers Borders Beith KA15 1AQ
Multiseeded Loaf J G Ross Highlands & Islands Inverurie Road AB51 5QF
Buttery J G Ross Highlands & Islands Inverurie Road AB51 5QF
Fruit Scone J G Ross Highlands & Islands Inverurie Road AB51 5QF
White JB Christie the Baker Borders Airdrie ML6 6BE
GI Bread Macleans Highland Bakery Highlands & Islands Forres IV36 2GW
Scotch Pie Macleans Highland Bakery Highlands & Islands Forres IV36 2GW
Morning Rolls McGhee's Central Glasgow G21 1HX
Empire Biscuit McPhies Central Glasgow G32 9AS
Honey & Pumpkin Seed Mimi's Bakehouse Central Edinburgh EH6 6RA
Multiseed Pathhead Bakery Borders New Cumnock KA18 4AJ
Morning Roll Pathhead Bakery Borders New Cumnock KA18 4AJ
Sour dough Bread Peters Yard Bakey Central Edinburgh EH3 9GG
Scotch pie R T Stuart Ltd Central Methil Docks KY8 3RE
Crofters Cake Reids of Caithness Highlands & Islands Thurso KW14 8BZ
Treacle Simpson's Borders DG9 7RP
Fruit Scone Strathbogie Bakery / Sinclair's of Rhynie Ltd Highlands & Islands Aberdeenshire AB54 8HE
Rhubarb tart The Apple Pie Borders Lanark ML11 8HJ
Apple & Cinnamon The Apple Pie Borders Lanark ML11 8HJ
Wholemeal Bread The Hame Bakery Highlands & Islands Peterhead AB42 1TN
Haggis pie The Kandy Bar Borders Saltcoats KA21 5DS
Morning Roll W.M. Stephen Central KY11 2RN
Steak Bridie W.M. Stephen Central KY11 2RN
Ginger Bun W.R.LEITH Borders South Ayrshire KA26 0AB
Morning Roll W.R.LEITH Borders South Ayrshire KA26 0AB
Chicken & Leek Pie Wooleys of Arran Borders Isle of Arran KA27 8AJ
Bridie Ythan Bakery Highlands & Islands Ellon AB41 9AA
Oatmeal Goodfellow & Steven Central Dundee DD5 2BQ
Crispy Roll Greggs Borders Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TL
Doughnuts KELLYS BAKERY Central EH11 4AW
strawberry tart Rennies Central Kilsyth G65 0AQ
Strawberry Tarts Thomas Auld & sons Central Greenock PA16 8LS