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New Years Honour List 2017

I am absolutely delighted to have been Awarded an MBE on the 2017 New Years Honours List . What a great start to the year and fantstic encouragement and support from our Monarch for enterprising , entrepeneurial , hard working ordinary folks like myself. Although the majority of us are just glad to be battling to make things better in our environment , its still a great honour to be recognised . This year at The Scottish Baking Awards we are hoping to put together a small committee of around 6 Professional people to drive forward what we really are , who we are and why we exist . We hope to put on a 2017 Star studded Award ceremony again this year and have a few great venues lined up already . In Scotland we have some of the best Artisan bakers i have ever met and we are continuing to find more and more every year in every corner of this small but brilliant country. Our Awards system is the only one of its kind in Scotland , Awarding , regulating and monitoring The Best Artisan bakers in the land. My belief is this and is simple - The best Bakers are the small, passionate , handcrafted bakers that are working away tirelessly behind the headlines and we are here to find them and promote them as best we can. This is a great Awards system for small independent business , Homebakers and even suppliers of Baking. If you would be interested in joining our small and professional commitee then please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and lets make this Country stand alone in the Baking Industry . See you all very soon as Assessments start at the end of January .

Ali Abercrombie @ Cairn o Mohr 2016 Outright winner

Ali AbercrombieI absolutely love this time of the year, not least for delivering the great news of another worthy winner in Scotland. Alison Abercrombie at AliBob in Errol was absolutely worthy of our 2016 Baker of the year .

The reason for this is the amount of work , sweat and tears that Alison puts in to making this quirky little Cafe in the middle of Cairn o Mhor winery a success. I first met Alison a few years ago and loved the passion and dedication that this unstoppable lady puts in to everything she does. The tears for me today she said, was because this Trophy was all about the Baking and nothing else, this is solely her domain , Her achievement .

Alison has a brilliant team at AliBob that makes this Cafe what it is today and Husband Bob takes the reigns front of house . When you see a family run business with family putting in the time then you just know you are in for a treat . Bob has a lovely manner with the customers and this rubs of on the staff . Alison can bake brilliantly and sadly i didnt get to try some of her famous cheese scones this time or any of the other goodies in the glass display cabinet but next time !!

This years decision was the hardest with 6 brilliantly talented finalists and such great support for each other even in the end. The world of Artisan baking is a great one to be involved in and i am honoured to be a part of some of Scotlands best Artisan bakers every year . Alison Abercrombie the most sincere congratulations from one that knows talent !

Our 6 2016 Finalists are announced

We are delighted to announce today that this years Finalists are as follows;

1. Cups Tearoom - Scrabster

2. Birsay Bay Tearoom - Orkney

3. Miss Daisy Gifts and Tearoom- Fife

4. Mountain Cafe - Aviemore

5. Goulding's Garden Centre - Lanark

6. AliBob @ Cairn O Mhor - Perth

The Finalist will be announced and visited on the 22nd October to recieve their Trophy .

Congratulations to all our Awardeess this year and all the best to our 6 Finalists. It is going to be a hard pick this year !!

Melanie Andrews Cook and Bake School

Aberdeen College Melanie Andrews is again offering" Free " Courses on Cookery and Bakery to children between the ages of 12 and 16 . These life skills are important to young adults and are sadly sometimes lacking in full time education. The courses are always in high demand and this February 2016 course, which lasts 6 weeks ,was booked out in under 24 hours. The courses are open to all children  whether they have a budget or not as Melanie donates her time and experience free of charge. The courses range from Basic skills to Advanced and come complete with a certificate at the end of the course. The courses are held within " Craigard Tearoom " and have become hugely popular with the younger budding Chefs , Bakers and Cooks. For more information or to book the next course contact Melanie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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