Shortlist for Scottish Baker of the Year 2017 Announced

Scottish bakers Baker of the Year


Over 11,000 customers from across Scotland voted for their favourite bakery products across six categories, 115 bakeries were nominated and more than 850 of the most popular products in the land were delivered for scrutiny by a panel of 56 expert and independent judges (inc Mrs Foodie!)

“We took delivery of hundreds of excellent scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits made by Scottish bakers 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” commented Scottish Bakers Chief Executive Alan Clarke.

Each of the categories: scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits have been divided into 3 regions: Northern, Central and Southern Scotland. Within each category, the judges will award regional Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. All of the regional winners will then be judged on a national level meaning that they could be recognised as having made the best bakery product in Scotland!

Scottish bakers Baker of the Year

And then the competition moves to a business footing. Category winners will be invited to put forward a case to be considered for Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker and Wholesale Baker of the Year. This year also sees the introduction of a new business category – the Bakery Café of the Year Award.

The winner of this new category will then compete alongside the winners of the Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker and Wholesale Baker of the Year, for the title of Scottish Baker of the Year 2017/18. We will also again feature our Manufacturer of the Year Category enabling bakers to vote for their favourite bakery manufacturer.

But the ultimate winner will be crowned the Scottish Baker of the Year 2017/18.

The final results will remain a closely guarded secret until 6th May when Mich Turner MBE, Scottish Bakers Ambassador will announce the results and also crown the Scottish Baker of the Year 2017, a crown currently held by the Kandy Bar of Saltcoats.

And the shortlist includes:

The following bakeries have one at least a Regional Bronze Award for one of their products:


Argo’s Bakery
Artisan Buon Giorno Bakery
Ashers Bakery
Bad Girl Bakery
Beth Brownings Bakery
Blacks of Dunoon
Breadalbane Bakery & Tea Room
Briar Bakery
Brownings the Bakers
Byron Bakery
Campbell’s Bakery
City of Glasgow College City Market Bakery
Cuckoo’s Bakery
Express Bakery
G H Barnett
Goodfellow & Stevens
Hame Bakery
Harry Gow
Humble Pie Bakery
Irvines Bakery
Irvings Homestyle Bakery
J B Christie
J G Ross
J&I Smith Bakers
John Gillespie & Sons
Keptie Bakery
Kerr’s Bakery
Khleb Bakery
Maclean’s Highland Bakery
McGhee’s Bakery
Mid Street Baker
Mimi’s Bakehouse
Mr C’s Hand-Crafted Pies
Murrays Bakers
Nevis Bakery
Newlands Bakery
Pathhead Bakery
Peter’s Bakery
Pinnies & Poppyseeds
R Little Bakers
Rawlings Love to Eat
Reids of Caithness
Rendall’s Bakery
Sinclairs of Rhynie
Stag Bakery
Stephens Bakery
Stobbs the Bakers
T. A Francis
Thains Bakery
The Kandy Bar
The Premium Bakery
The Three Little Bakers
Thomas & Ethel Tearoom
Tower Bakery
Wm Simpson & Sons


Scottish bakers Baker of the YearThe Scottish Baker of the Year Awards is 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 bakers work hard to keep us all going” continues Alan Clarke.

“This competition is based on real votes from real customers and every vote really has counted in drawing up the list of products invited through to the professional judging stage – your local baker could take the title!”

Scottish Bakers was established in 1891 and since then have represented and promoted the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland. They aim to be an integral part of each member’s business by providing support for bakers of all sizes.  They provide a valuable source of help, advice, information, assistance and skills development for bakers throughout Scotland.  Most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members and exist for their benefit.  They are proud of their motto “for the good of all.

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