As bakery customers throughout Scotland continue to have their say in the Scottish Baker of the Year Customer Choice category, Scotland’s bakers have put forward their star products and on 16th March a host of industry experts’ will taste test each and every entry at the much-anticipated Scottish Baker of the Year Judging Day in Dunfermline.
This years’ crop of entries includes a wide range of ‘brilliant bakes’ with accolades on offer for the best scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits as well as the latest categories including French and Danish style pastries and Free-from bread, biscuits and cakes. And of course, the ultimate prize will be to be crowned Scottish Baker of the Year.
“Every day in Scotland we can enjoy a buttery for breakfast, a sandwich made from a fresh loaf for lunch, afternoon tea with mouth-watering sweet treats and a fresh piping hot pie for supper. But the bakers who carefully make the pies, scones, loaves, savouries, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits sold in Scotland every day are the hidden gem of our economy and of our culture,” says Alasdair Smith of Scottish Bakers who organise the competition, now in its 10th year.
“So, after a difficult two years for us all where the resilience, creativity and ingenuity of our members to survive a global pandemic has been tested and not found wanting, we are delighted to give Scottish Bakers the chance to shine and showcase their skills,” he continued.
The winners will be announced at a glittering Gala dinner at the Hilton in Glasgow on Saturday 7th May 2022.
Please take a Lateral Flow Test before your arrival and remember to wash/sanitize your hands and keep a safe distance from other guests, there is plenty of space.
How the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards 2022/23 works
Customer Choice Awards:
Customers vote for their favourite baker online via each bakery’s unique web-link, QR code or using the in-store paper voting forms, from the 3rd February – 6th April 2022.
Paper votes MUST be received by 6th April, any paper votes received after this date may not be counted.
These votes will then determine the winners of the Customer Choice Awards in the four main business categories: Bakery Café, Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker and Wholesale Baker
The finalists and winners of the customer choice awards will be presented on Friday 6th May 2022 following the announcement of the regional product award winners.
From 3rd February bakers were able to register up to 10 of their products that they would like to submit for product judging on 16th March 2022.
Each Scottish Bakers member who achieves a bronze award or above will be eligible to take part in the business judging part of the competition.
The four business categories are: Craft Baker of the Year (three shops or less); Retail Craft Baker of the Year (four shops or more); Wholesale Baker of the Year (no shops) and Bakery Café of the Year for cafés who produce the bulk of their own baked goods either on-site or at a dedicated bakery unit.
The ultimate Scottish Baker of the Year Award will be awarded to one of the four category winners.
Non-members will not be eligible to enter the business judging part of the Scottish Baker of the Year competition.
When will the awards be presented?
Regional Awards and Customer Choice Awards will be presented on Friday 6th May 2022 and the National Awards (which includes special awards), business category winners and the overall Scottish Baker of the Year 2022/3 will be announced on Saturday 7th May 2022.
Read more of the latest industry developments in our new edition: January/February 2022 Single Issue form – International Bakery (in-bakery.com)