Thanks to the votes of their customers and following a rigorous day of judging by some 50 of the industry’s top professionals, Stag Bakeries of Stornoway has been shortlisted for a prize in the Scottish Baker of the Year 2019/20 competition.

“With over 8000 customer votes and in excess of 30,000 individual products votes, for goods baked by the best bakers in the country, Stag Bakeries can be very proud of having made it this far” said Head Judge Robert Ross.

“Only the products with the highest percentage in each of the six categories across the three regions were invited to the product-judging stage and this year the competition was fierce.”

Alasdair Smith of Scottish Bakers which organises the competition, now in its 8th year, said: "The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards is one of the most prestigious awards a baker can win, with accolades on offer for the best pies, scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits as well as the ultimate prize, to be crowned Scottish Baker of the Year.

“So we are delighted to once again be giving Scottish bakers the chance to shine and showcase their skills” he continued.

And now that the product judging has been completed, the competition moves to a business footing with only the Regional & National category winners eligible to move to this stage which will determine the winner of the Bakery Café of the Year, Craft Baker of the Year, Retail Craft Baker of the Year and the Wholesale Baker of the Year Awards..

And one of these winners will go on to be crowned Scottish Baker of the Year 2019/20.

The winner will be announced at a glittering Gala dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow on Saturday 8th June 2019.

Scottish Bakers was established in 1891 and since then they have represented and promoted the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland.  "We aim to be an integral part of each member’s business by providing support for bakers of all sizes. We provide a valuable source of help, advice, information, assistance and skills development for bakers throughout Scotland."

Scottish Bakers manages both The World Championships Scotch Pie Awards each year The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards to recognise and celebrate excellence in the sector. "But most important, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members, we are all there for their benefit."