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The Scottish Baking Awards returns for 2020

The much loved Scottish Baking Awards is returning on September 5th 2020 with a brand new format and great celebrity judges. 

Each category has the potential to win a Gold trophy plus £50 cash, Silver and Bronze medals and a certificate of Merit.

The winning Entries will be showcased in the Press and Media. 

Next year will have the following 8 categories for entrants to choose from -

  • 1 Bread
  • 2 Sugarcraft 
  • 3 Sugar Artistry/Novelty
  • 4 Chocolate
  • 5 Speciality Baking (Sugar free,Gluten free, Dairy free)
  • 6 Homebaking
  • 7 Patisserie 
  • 8 Vegan
  • 9 Junior Category Ages 8-16.( Open category from any of the 8 category choices)

Click here to enter the Scottish Baking Awards 2020

 

Mountain Cafe Aviemore - Outright winner 2017

Today we have the greatest of joy in announcing ,The Scottish Baking Awards 2017 outright winner as "The Mountain cafe" in Aviemore. This is the 2nd time that this Cafe in the cairngorms has won our outright category . I simply can't tell you how fabulous the cakes are here . There is a Cake for every ones  taste in their huge selection. I have been travelling all round Scotland for over 35 years now, and nearly 10 with the Scottish Baking Awards, and never have i come across such a huge selection of brilliantly executed baking than in this very unassuming Cafe in the Highlands . Every single Cake, biscuit, bread, scone or tart is absolutely brilliant. I simply can not fault the standard. It is a very busy Cafe so i am not alone in my thinking . The Cafe is the brainchild of New Zealand lady , Kirsten Gilmour and a more genuinely nice, hard working lady you could not wish to meet. Kirsten has gone from strength to strength since our first meeting back in 2013, with her Baking books and television and radio appearances. I would love to say that we had something to do with all this much deserved publicity and recognition, but i am sure it would have come to this great business lady in time . Seen pictured is The Mountain Cafes manager ,Claire recieving her Scottish Baking Award at the weekend. Congratulations to the very best Baking establishment in Scotland - The Mountain Cafe - Aviemore.

Where have all the great Desserts gone ??

This year Melanie Andrews MBE has set Scotland's High end Restaurants,Hotel's,Michelin star Rating ( Along with Bib Gourmand rating) a Challenge . For too long now the dessert course in restaurant's all over the country and the UK have been ignored as being the least important course in a Chef's itinerary. This has to end . Scotland has some of the best Chefs combined with excellent ingredients in the world , but what about the great desserts Chef's ? Melanie started the Scottish Baking Awards in 2009 when there was a need to separate real Artisan Bakers from massive industrial scale bakers . At that time every eating place was advertising " Homebaked Cakes " when indeed they were not , this changed rapidly with the Assessments by The Scottish Baking Awards and the subsequent regulation and Awarding system for real Handmade Baking. We now have some of the best Baking in the world we genuinely believe , and we also know where to find them because of The Scottish Baking Awards. Last year was the final straw for Melanie ( A complete Pro when it comes to Cake , Desserts and anything Handmade )

Melanie and long suffering husband David travel extensively all over the world but particularly Scotland and high end restaurant's where you would expect to find some of the best Desserts in the land . This sadly has not been the case and The Dessert course still appears to be something that is tagged on to the end of a great meal.

To this end ,We will now personally critique every single Michelin Star and  Bib Gourmand Restaurant in Scotland for the Dessert course  And obviously the (main event ) meal itself. We want to eradicate the terminology " The Main Event" as this also sends out the wrong signals re the Dessert course .

Our reviews will be on all our websites including www.melanieandrews.co.uk and sent to all the National newspaper , local media , Twitter, Facebook , Instagram , pinterest , Linkedin etc .

So lets see if "The Michelin Guide " really know their stuff ?

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