Scottish Baker of the Year 2017 launches!

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Singing sensation and the new face of the Scottish Baker of the Year competition Michelle McManus will be trying her hand at something new this week as she launches the 2017 search for the best bakery in the land at reigning champs The Kandy Bar of Saltcoats at 11am on Thursday 23rd February.

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Michelle will be joining a crack team of well-known novices including STV Glasgow’s Live at Five presenters David Farrell and Jennifer Reoch as well as World Of Sport Champion Wrestler Grado and me!

Under the eagle eye of champ Stephen McAllister and competition ambassador, couture cake queen Mich Turner, the contestants will be attempting to:

Jam & ice Empire Biscuits

Cream and jam  a strawberry tart

Apply cream filling to Cream Yum Yums/Donuts

And the ‘icing on the cake’, the Mich Turner technical challenge will be to buttercream a cupcake to her exacting standards!

TV judge Mich Turner will once again support the competition by compering the awards which will be presented in May. Mich said “I am really keen to see what our guests make of this years’ challenge and the results had better be good!”


The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards are the brainchild of Scottish Bakers, the Trade Association for bakers in Scotland who decided to search for the best baker in the land in 2012. Now in its sixth year, the competition celebrates our love of a tasty treat from our local baker and aims to crown just one hard working bakery Scottish Baker of the Year.

“With thousands upon thousands of pies, scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits sold in Scotland every day, our artisan bakers work hard to keep us all going” says Scottish Bakers’ Alan Clarke.

“This competition is based on real votes from real customers so we urge customers to vote for their best bites, every vote really does count – your local baker could take the title!”


Voting opens on 23rd February 2017 and runs until 8th March so there is not much time to vote by logging on to – voting automatically enters you into a draw to win one of 6 Apple Watches.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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