Local bakers on shortlist for awards

Ellon's Ythan Bakery is shortlisted for Scotland's Baker of the Year Award.
Ellon's Ythan Bakery is shortlisted for Scotland's Baker of the Year Award.

TWO local businesses have been shortlisted for the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards 2013.

The Ythan Bakery in Ellon and Murdoch Allan and Sons of Hatton have impressed a judging panel with the quality of their products.

Around 15,000 customers from Shetland to Stranraer voted for their best bakery products during March and the top ones in each of the six categories were baked and delivered to Dunfermline on April 10.

All products were then judged by a panel of independent experts led by artisan baker Robert Ross and including retired master bakers with extensive experience of the bakery sector.

The panel judged around 300 items shortlisted in the six categories - breads, scones, individual cakes, savouries, morning rolls and new category biscuits, to decide who bakes the country’s best products.

Each category has been divided into three regions, covering Northern, Central and Southern Scotland.

Within each section, the judges will award regional gold, silver and bronze awards and all the shortlisted bakers will be invited to the awards ceremony in May when they will find out the colour of their regional award.

Each of the regional winners will also be judged on a national level meaning that they could be recognised as having the best bakery products in Scotland.

The final results will remain a closely guarded secret until May 18.