Harry Gow Bakery of Inverness became the first ever bakery to ‘do the double’ on Saturday night, by winning Scottish Baker of the Year for the second time. They are the only bakery in Scotland to have achieved this since the competition launched in 2012, when they were the first to win the now sought after title.
“WOW! We are delighted, absolutely delighted,” said David Gow. “We work hard every day to create products that our customers think are worthy of a vote in this competition. Year after year we take home prizes for the quality of our products; but this title reflects on us as a business, so we are beyond pleased to be taking the title back to Inverness one more time.
“I must thank not just the customers who voted for us, but all of our customers who buy our products week in and week out. And to all of the Harry Gow team, thank you for your hard work and dedication, as a family business we are all in it together and we could not have done it without you all.”
Following the votes of over 8,000 bakery customers across Scotland and a rigorous day of blind judging by 50 of the industry’s top professionals, the winners were finally announced on Saturday 8th June at a glittering awards dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow.
“This competition is hugely popular, with thousands of everyday bakery shoppers voting for their favourite products,” said Head Judge, Robert Ross.
“We received over 30,000 individual product votes for goods baked by the best bakers in Scotland. Harry Gow Bakery can be very proud to take home the top prize in such a competitive field of brilliant products.”
The Scottish Baker of the Year Competition, now in its 8th year, recognises Scotland’s best pies, scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, cakes and biscuits. Business awards are also given to the best Bakery Café , Craft Bakery, Retail Craft Bakery and Wholesale Bakery with one lucky baker being crowned Scottish Baker of the Year.
Alasdair Smith of Scottish Bakers, who organise the competition, said, “We are delighted to once again be giving Scottish bakers the chance to shine and showcase their fantastic products and it has given us great delight to present awards to each and every worthy winner.”
“But I have to take my hat off to Harry Gow Bakery, to excel in so many of the categories and then to present a compelling business case to the final judges is remarkable, they should be very proud.”