Buckhaven bakery is up to high dough

Scotland's bakery businesses burst with pride as 600 baked beauties keep the Scottish Baker of the Year 2015 judges busy
Scotland's bakery businesses burst with pride as 600 baked beauties keep the Scottish Baker of the Year 2015 judges busy

Long-established family baker R. T. Stuart of Buckhaven could be set once more to see its status rising among the upper crust .

The Levenmouth firm’s granary bread has been selected by a panel of industry expert judges and is in with a chance of an award in the Scottish Baker of the Year 2015 competition.

Over 23,000 customers from across Scotland voted for their favourite bakery products across six categories.

Last month, 170 bakers delivered 600 of their most popular scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes, and biscuits for judging by the professionals whose job it is to select the best bakery products in the land.

TV judge and celebrity cake designer Mich Turner MBE, who will be presenting the awards, to be announced next month, said: “Judges are used to hard work I know but 600 products in one day is a lot!

“Well done to them and good luck to all the bakers who have been shortlisted. I look forward to being surprised and delighted when I announce the winners in Glasgow.”

Each of the six categories has been divided into three regions, covering northern, central and southern Scotland.

Within each category, the judges will award regional gold, silver andbronze awards and all the shortlisted bakers will be invited to a prestigious ceremony, where they will find out the colour of their regional award.

All the regional winners have also been judged on a national level, meaning they ould be recognised as having made the best bakery product in Scotland.

Category winners will be invited to put forward a case to be considered for Scottish Baker of the Year.

The format for 2015 will see a few changes, with three top prizes being awarded ahead of the ultimate accolade. “To reflect the structure of the bakery sector in Scotland, this year we will crown the Best Craft Baker with three shops or less, the Best Retail Baker with four or more shops, and the Best Wholesale Baker” said Scottish Bakers chief executive Alan Clarke.

The final results will remain a secret until May 9 when Mich will announce them and also crown the Scottish Baker of the Year 2015.