Two Buchan bakeries are to battle it out for the title of Scottish Baker of the Year 2016.
Murdoch Allan & Sons’ high fibre bread has made it to the shorlist of this year’s competition, while the Hame Bakery’s butteries have also reached the final stages.
More than 15,000 customers from across Scotland have voted for their favourite bakery products across six categories and on March 31, almost 100 bakers delivered 650 of the most popular products in the land for scrutiny by a panel of 50 expert and independent judges.
With a sea of scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits, the judges had a hard task tasting, smelling and squishing each and every item to shortlist the best products in the land.
“We took delivery of hundreds of excellent scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits made by bakers, said Scottish Bakers chief executive, Alan Clark.
“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.”
TV judge and celebrity cake-designer Mich Turner MBE, who will be presenting the awards which will be announced in May said: “The judges are used to hard work I know but 650 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.”
Each of this year’s categories has been divided into three regions, covering Highlands, Islands & Grampian, Central Belt & Grampian and Borders and Lowlands.
Within each category, the judges will award regional Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and all our 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 will also be judged on a national level meaning that they could be recognised as having made the best bakery product in Scotland!
And then the competition moves to a business footing. Category winners will be invited to put forward a case to be considered for Scottish Baker of the Year. All of the awards will be presented by Mich who is backing the competition. The final results will remain a closely guarded secret until May 7, when Mich will announce the results and also crown the Scottish Baker of the Year 2016.