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The Scottish Baking Awards return for 2020 in bid to find Scotland's best

The Scottish Baking Awards are set to return for 2020 with the organisers bidding to find Scotland's best bakers.

Published: October 17, 2019
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Established in 2009, founder Melanie Andrews MBE is looking to bring the prestigious event back next year, following a break over the past few years.

Melanie said: "When I first started out I travelled all over Scotland reviewing tearooms, cafes, restaurants, coffee shops and any place that provided Baking by hand, and if good enough, they received a Scottish Baking Award and an entry into the awards show each year at Mar Hall.

"The Awards shows continued until 2016 where financial sponsorship and my energy for them ran out."

Melanie Andrews MBE. Picture: SBA

She added that there is currently no awards show open to entries from artisan bakers in Scotland and all of Scotland's entries have to travel south of the border to big shows like Cake International and Cake and Bake show to vie for any recognition.

She added: "The last few years I have been inundated with letters to restart these very valuable Awards shows, as they showcase the very best that our country has to offer in the food industry.

"It will be my 10th Anniversary since the Awards 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 for next year in the form of judges."

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.

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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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