Thurso bakery in running for accolade

4th May 2015 from John O'Groat Journal

Judges for the 2015 Scottish Baker of the Year have revealed the nine finalists in the running for the accolade. Reid’S of Caithness has been shortlisted for the competition to be named the best bakery in Scotland.

Reid’s, which is based at Ormlie Industrial Estate in Thurso, will be asked to submit a business case for why its bakery should be the best in Scotland.

The firm’s representatives will also be subjected to an interview by independent business judges, headed by Bako Northern and Scotland chief executive Mike Tully.

They will also have to complete a video interview before the judges reveal who will be crowned Scottish Baker of the Year 2015.

TV judge and celebrity cake-designer Mich Turner, who will be presenting the awards, said: “It is a strong shortlist this year, some great businesses are in with a shot. “I look forward to being surprised and delighted when I announce the winners in Glasgow.”

As well as the overall title, the competition will see businesses compete in six regional categories, covering Northern, Central and Southern Scotland. Within each category, the judges will award regional gold, silver and bronze awards.

The Thurso bakery’s steak pie, fruit scone and multi-seed bread products have each been selected by a panel of industry experts to go towards the final of the competition.

Chief executive of Scottish Bakers Alan Clarke said: “We have been delighted by the response from customers and from bakers for this year’s competition. It highlights the fantastic work that bakers do day in and day out across Scotland.

“We are delighted to highlight and promote this work and I am confident that any one of our nine shortlisted finalists will make a worthy winner for 2015.”

The results will be revealed on Saturday, May 9 in Glasgow.

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