Mimi’s Bakehouse of Edinburgh were crowned Scottish Baker of the Year 2023/24 at a gala celebration held in Glasgow over the weekend (6-7 May), beating stiff competition to take the title.
The business also won Bakery Café of the Year Category aimed at bakeries and cafes with one or more bakery products baked on site or as a dedicated off site bakery as well as receiving other accolades including Best in Region Gold Award for their fruit scone and Regional Silver Award for their sourdough, among others.
The competition is organised by industry association Scottish Bakers which supports and protects the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade and it was hotly contested with bakers asked to put forward up to 12 of their star products to be taste tested by 50 industry experts, including International Bakery Magazine.
“With 630 products from 70 bakers in the running, each and every one of which was assessed for appearance, the quality of the bake and taste” said Scottish Baker of the Year ambassador and star baker Mich Turner MBE. “Mimi’s Bakehouse can be rightly proud of their win.”
“Each year our judges look for the best scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits, as well as French and Danish style pastries and Free-from bread, biscuits and cakes,” added Ian McGhee, President of Scottish Bakers, “And the competition was once again close run. It was great to see the best iconic Scottish bakes entered alongside some fantastic new innovation on show, a real celebration of our fantastic sector.”
Prizes were awarded not only for the best products on show but also for the best businesses with four business categories recognised; Craft Baker of the Year (three shops of the 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.
“Each and every winner should be justifiably proud,” added Ian McGhee, “And we hope that for every well deserved prize there is a corresponding business boost. Well done again to you all.”
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