Brownings the Bakers of Kilmarnock have been crowned Scottish Baker of the Year 2018 at a glittering ceremony hosted in Glasgow by Scottish Bakers, the association that supports and promotes the interests of Scottish bakers across the country.


Mon, 07 May 2018


Scottish Bakers

The baker won the following awards:

  • Wholesale Baker of the Year sponsored by Rondo
  • In the Individual Cake priced over 80p category Brownings took a Regional Gold for their Gin and Tonic cupcake, category sponsored by Südzucker UK
  • In the Morning Roll category they won the National Bronze and Regional Gold awards, category sponsored by Carrs and they also won Regional Bronze for their Ayrshire Roll
  • In the Savoury category, Brownings won Best Savoury in the Borders and Lowlands and National Gold for their  steak and ale pie plus a Regional Silver for the Kilmarnock pie, category sponsored by Bakels
  • And they won a Regional Bronze award for their Fruit scone, category sponsored by Fleming Howden
  • And a key member of the bakery's' team, Tommy Withers, was awarded the Unsung Hero accolade with a truly heartfelt commendation from John Gall "he truly is a remarkable gentleman who takes it all in his stride

“We have tried so hard to win this award since the competition launched in 2012 and we have always been very close" said John Gall. "But this year we have smashed it and we truly are Scottish Baker of the Year!

"We are a family business and everyone at Brownings works hard so we really deserve this win. We have a fantastic business and we take it very seriously using traditional methods and craft skills to deliver quality every time. But we could not have come this far in the competition without the votes of all of our customers, Thank you.”

Owner of Award winning Little Venice Cake Company, industry professional and an Ambassador for the GREAT Campaign, Mich Turner MBE, who presented Brownings the Bakers with their award said “It has given me great pleasure to be involved in the competition again this year. There have been some fantastic entries and all the prizes I have handed out to bakers have been worthy in every way. I wish all our winners well in the coming year.”

"But I have known John for many years and I know full well what this prize will mean to him and his whole team in Kilmarnock. It’s a huge well done from me John and I know you will thoroughly enjoy your year, as Scottish Baker of the Year."

Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers Alasdair Smith commented “It’s been a long journey to get to this point. Over 22,000 votes were received for customers’ favorite bakery products across the morning rolls, scones, individual cakes, savouries, biscuits, breads and celebration cake categories. In May, more than 850 of the most popular products in the land were delivered to Dunfermline for scrutiny by a panel of 50 expert and independent judges led by baking expert, Robert Ross. And with this competition, we are celebrating the best of the very best”

The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards, which features Michelle McManus at the helm and couture cake queen Mich Turner MBE as its ambassador, is organised by Scottish Bakers, the Trade Association for bakers in Scotland which launched the competition to find the best baker in the country in 2012.

"Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates our love of a tasty treat from our local baker and aims to crown just one hard working bakery Scottish Baker of the Year" continues Alasdair. “With thousands upon thousands of pies, scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits sold in Scotland every day, our bakers work hard to keep us all going, and they can be proud of their achievements in this prestigious competition.” 


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