Baker shortlisted for top award

JG Ross has been shortlisted in the prestigious competition
JG Ross has been shortlisted in the prestigious competition

An Inverurie baker is in the running for a prestigious accolade.

JG Ross has been shortlisted in the Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

More than 11,000 customers from throughout Scotland voted for their favourite bakery products across six categories.

A total of 115 bakeries were nominated and more than 850 of the most popular products in the country were delivered for scrutiny by a panel of 56 expert and independent judges.

Each of the categories - scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits have been divided into three 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.

The awards are run by Scottish Bakers, the trade association in Scotland, who first decided to search for the best baker in the land in 2012.

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

“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.”

Winners of the Bakery Cafe of the Year Award, Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker and Wholesale Baker of the Year, will compete for the title of Scottish Baker of the Year 2017/18.

The final results will remain a closely-guarded secret until May 6, when Mich Turner, Scottish Bakers’ Ambassador, will announce the outcome.