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Scottish Baking Awards 2020 announce line up of top judges

The Scottish Baking Awards are set to return for 2020 with the organisers announcing a top line of judges for this year's event. 

Published: February 11, 2020
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Established in 2009, founder Melanie Andrews MBE is bringing the prestigious event back for 2020, following a break over the past few years.

To celebrate its return, Melanie and the team have announced a glittering line up of judges including Scotland's National Chef Gary Maclean, Dillon’s Cakes founder Anna Taylor Dillon, award-winning cake artist Theodore Chana, and master chocolatier Shona Sutherland.

The full line-up (including Melanie herself) of judges:

Claire Macdonald OBE for the home baking category
Phil and Christine Jensen from Extreme Cakemakers
Lindy Smith from Sugarcraft
Novelist and Cakemaker Anna Taylor Dillon
Theodore Chana from Masterchef Professionals
Masterchef Professionals winner, Gary McLean
Master Award winning Chocolatier, Shona Sutherland
Michelle Orme of The Vegan Cakery

Open to amateurs, students and professionals – as well as a junior section for budding bakers, the awards will be split over seven categories including Specialist Baking (Vegan, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Gluten free), homebaking, patisserie, sugarcraft, cake artistry/novelty cakes, chocolate and bread.

Melanie said: “The return of the awards marks the 10th anniversary since they began and I thought now was as good a time as any to bring them back – with a vengeance.

“I have enlisted some extraordinary talent in Scotland and England four our panel of judges and I can't wait to see what they make of the entries.”

Taking place at the Five Star Mar Hall in Bishopton, there are cash prizes and certificates on offer for the winners. Melanie added that the scheme aims to award the outstanding Baking that exists in scotland and acts as an in-depth online guide to tourists and local people alike to the very best establishments that produce quality Baking.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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