Inverurie bakers, J G Ross, have won gold in the Scottish Baker of the year awards for their buttery.
In addition, they have succeeded in winning regional bronze for their multiseed loaf and fruit scones.
After the award ceremony, Cameron Ross expressed his delight. He said: “We are extremely pleased to have been recognised as one of the best bakers in Scotland. We put all our energies into making consistently good quality products and this has been recognised by the judges. But we could not have come this far in the competition without our team and the customers who voted for us.”
Artisan baker and TV judge Paul Hollywood, who presented the awards said: “It has given me great pleasure to be involved in this competition. There have been some fantastic entries and all the prizes I have handed out to bakers have been worthy in every way. I wish J G Ross well in the coming year and I plan to follow their successes with interest.”
He also spoke about how to capitalise on the increased interest in home and commercial baking by delivering the products customers want to a consistently high standard and commented: “I am and will always be a baker and I believe in the contribution bakers make to people’s lives. I will always promote the high street baker as I believe the quality of baked goods more than justifies stopping into a local baker, I want to see queues out of the doors again. And to see the industry in Scotland come together in one place with a view to delivering even better quality and creativity is really heartening.”
Scottish Bakers asked customers across Scotland to vote for their favourite bakery items in the following categories: morning roll, scone, small cake, savoury and bread scoring each on appearance, freshness, taste and value for money.
The top 30 products in each category were baked and delivered to Fife for judging by a panel of independent experts led by Robert Ross. The judges had one day only to look at 150 of the best baked items in order to decide the regional and national winners.
Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers Alan Clarke commented: “Its been a long journey to get to this point starting with 12,500 bakery customers up and down the land voting for their favourite baked goods in March followed by a panel of experts whittling the best down to the very best. We now have a ringing endorsement for our industry and a worthy winner in J G Ross.”
The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards was devised by Scottish Bakers to raise awareness of the bakery industry in Scotland. With baking enjoying resurgence in our kitchens, on our TV screens and on our book shelves, the Association believed it was time to recognise the skills and expertise of the men and women across Scotland who bake for a living.