Melanie was awarded an MBE in the New Years honours list for 2017.
Melanie Andrews is the Director and Founder of The Scottish Baking Awards- Professional Chef and Masterbaker. She was born and bred in the popular seaside town of Helensburgh near Loch Lomond. Melanie started in business at an early age with the first of four businesses to her name "Craigard Catering" - she was 21.
- In 1990 the second business "Craigard Tearoom" was born in the beautiful village of Arrochar on Loch long.
- In 1995 the third business Craigard Tearoom was born in her home town of Helensburgh and still remains today www.craigard-tearoom.co.uk.
- In 2000 her fourth business Craigard was born in Helensburghs busy sea-view street, Clyde street.
In the last 30 years Melanie has campaigned tirelessly for her home town and all things Scottish .
A proud scot.
In 2010 her 1st Award Winning and Highly Acclaimed recipe book " Home Baking Made Easy" was published ......
.So what next? - Well Scotland needed an award system for quality Baking -NOT out of a bag or a van or a tin or a packet -but out of the OVEN ............
This website is only the beginning for promoting excellence in Baking in our beautiful Scotland. Please feel free to nominate or let Melanie know of any place, person or accommodation provider that would be worthy of this award.
Melanie is working closely with Pride and Passion on this Awards system .
At the moment Melanie Assesses each and every Nomination working tirelessly across Scotland to Regulate ,Monitor and Award SBA's as and when they are confirmed as worthy .
This award system is the only one of its kind in scotland. There is not an Awarding body for Baking but many for Master Bakers. This scheme aims to award the outstanding Baking that exists in scotland and acts as a fantastic online guide to tourists and local people alike to the very best establishments that produce quality Baking.
There will be no bad reviews as only the establishments that are Awarded the SBA(Scottish Baking Award)will be featured, therefore acting as a genuine guide. These establishments will be issued with their Award which can be displayed in their premises, signfying good Baking. If you dont have an Award then you either have not been Assessed or failed to meet Assessment criteria. This scheme will cleverly create healthy competition within Scotlands Baking industry and improve the level of Baking for our customers. Many many places advertise baking today but how many can actually say its excellent. This is their aim -to achieve a higher standard within Scotland and to stand alone in the world for excellent Baking no matter where you go in Scotland.