Irvines Bakery scoops host of prizes at prestigious Scottish Baker of the Year Awards

Irvines Bakery of Beith scooped awards across four categories at the prestigious Scottish Baker of the Year 2024/25 Awards in Glasgow.

The baker won the best in Scotland gold award for their potato scone as well as the best in region gold award and national bronze for their toffee empire biscuits.

Irvines also took home a regional silver award for their chocolate orange scone and regional bronze award for their morning roll.

The winning bakery said: "We are absolutely thrilled with our award. It's one thing to have confidence in our products, but to have that validation from both customers and industry experts is truly the icing on the cake."

The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards celebrated the finest in Scottish baking, with nearly 600 entries from over 60 bakers across the nation.

Lesley Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers, who organises the annual event, said: "The level of competition this year was exceptionally high, making each win a significant accomplishment. Each entry was meticulously evaluated based on appearance, baking quality, and taste."

The awards aim to showcase Scotland’s best bakeries, with categories including scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes, biscuits, French and Danish pastries, and a range of gluten-free options. The competition culminates in the prestigious Scottish Baker of the Year title, celebrating the pinnacle of baking achievement in Scotland.

The awards also recognised excellence in business practices with four distinct categories: Craft Baker of the Year for businesses with three or fewer shops; Retail Craft Baker of the Year for those with more than three shops; Wholesale Baker of the Year for manufacturers without retail outlets; and Bakery Café of the Year for cafés producing the majority of their baked goods in-house or at a dedicated bakery unit.

Michelle Phillips, the newly installed President of Scottish Bakers, said: "All winners should feel incredibly proud of their achievements. We anticipate that these well-deserved accolades will not only honour their hard work but also contribute significantly to their business growth. Congratulations to all our deserving winners."

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