Two local bakers are to go head-to-head in a bid to be named Scottish Baker of the Year 2016.
J G Ross (Bakers) Ltd of Inverurie and Ellon’s Ythan Bakery both have products that have made the awards shortlist.
Over 15,000 customers from across Scotland have voted for their favourite bakery products across six categories and on March 31, almost 100 bakers delivered 650 of the most popular products in the land for scrutiny by a panel of 50 expert and independent judges.
J G Ross (Bakers) Ltd is delighted to announce that their Buttery, Viennese Whirl, Steak Pie, Fruit Scone, Cherry Scone, Low GI Bread Bread and Farmhouse Bread have made it to the shortlist, while the Ythan Bakery’s butteries have also made the cut.
Each of the award categories has been divided into three regions, covering Highlands, Islands & Grampian, Central Belt and Borders and Lowlands.
Within each category, the judges will award regional Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and all shortlisted bakers will be invited to a prestigious ceremony in May.
All of the regional winners will also be judged on a national level meaning that they could be recognised as having made the best bakery product in Scotland.
And then the competition moves to a business footing. Category winners will be invited to put forward a case to be considered for Scottish Baker of the Year.
All of the awards will be presented by TV judge and celebrity cake-designer Mich Turner MBE who is backing the competition.
The final results will remain a closely guarded secret until Saturday, May 7 when Mich will announce the results and also crown the Scottish Baker of the Year 2016, a crown currently held by McGhee’s Bakery of Glasgow.