Murdoch Allan products in finals of national competition

Staff at Murdoch Allan & Sons are delighted that their products are in the final of the 2015 Scottish Baker of the Year competition
Staff at Murdoch Allan & Sons are delighted that their products are in the final of the 2015 Scottish Baker of the Year competition

A Peterhead bakery has had both its butter biscuits and butteries selcted by a panel of industry expert judges to go forward to a national final.

Murdoch Allan & Sons of Broad Street, will have both delicacies in the finals of the Scottish Baker of the Year 2015 competition.

We wish everyone all the best in this year’s competition.

2014 winner George Asher of Ashers of Nairn

More than 23,000 customers from across Scotland voted for their favourite bakery products across six categories and on March 31, 170 bakers delivered 600 of their most popular scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes, and biscuits for judging by the professionals whose job it is to decide upon the best bakery products in the land.

“We took delivery of hundreds of excellent scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits made by bakers from all across Scotland and our judges, led by head judge Robert Ross, have once again done us proud.

“We have a strong shortlist to take forward to the next stage,” said Scottish Bakers chief executive Alan Clarke.

TV judge and celebrity cake-designer Mich Turner MBE, who will be presenting the awards which will be announced in May.

She said: “The judges are used to hard work I know, but 600 products in one day is a lot!

“Well done to them and good luck to all the bakers who have been shortlisted. I look forward to being surprised and delighted when I announce the winners in Glasgow.”

2014 winner George Asher of Ashers of Nairn said: “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.

“We wish everyone all the best in this year’s competition.”

Each of the six categories has been divided into three regions, covering Northern, Central and Southern Scotland.

Within each category, the judges will award regional Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and all shortlisted bakers will be 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 made the best bakery product in Scotland!

The competition now moves to a business footing. Category winners will be invited to put forward a case to be considered for Scottish Baker of the Year.

The format of the 2015 competition will see a few changes with three top prizes being awarded ahead of the ultimate accolade.