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Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: North Ayrshire's Kandy Bar wins Scottish Baker of the Year 2016

IT’S official - The Kandy Bar is the best bakery in the country.
They have now become the first bakery to hold the Scottish Baker of the Year and the World Scotch Pie Championship in the same year.
And owner, Stephen McAllister, was thrilled with the win, which comes after they first picked up the World Scotch Pie title back in 2014.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted, shocked, stunned…WOW! To have taken the World Scotch Pie title for the second time in January and now to take the title of Scottish Baker of the Year, words cannot express how delighted I am.

“The Kandy Bar is my family business and we are proud to be a long established concern, we take our business very seriously. We use traditional methods and craftsmen’s skills and the brand is steeped in valuable heritage. But we could not have come this far in the competition without our dedicated and skilled team and without the votes of all of our customers. Thank you.”

Along with the title of Baker of the Year title, the Kandy Bar, who have shops in Saltcoats, Kilwinning and West Kilbride, they scooped a host of other awards, they were:
  • The Best Retail Baker of the Year 2016
  • Biscuit Category: Regional Gold in the Borders and Lowlands for their shortbread
  • Biscuit Category: Regional Bronze for their Empire Biscuit
  • Individual Cake Category: Regional Bronze Award for their French Fancy
  • Morning Roll Category: Best Morning Roll in the Borders and Lowlands for their well fired roll as well as the National Silver Award
  • Morning Roll Category: Silver Award in the Borders and Lowlands for their Morning Roll
  • Savoury Category: Regional Bronze Award for their Macaroni Pie in Region.
Owner of Award winning Little Venice Cake Company and Judge on ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery Mich Turner MBE, who presented The Kandy Bar 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 The Kandy Bar well in the coming year as Scotland’s premier craft baker.”
Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers Alan Clarke commented “It’s been a long journey to get to this point. Over 15,000 customers from across Scotland voted for their favourite bakery products across six categories. Judging day saw 110 bakers deliver 600 of their most popular scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits for judging by the professionals whose job it was to decide upon the best six products in the land and just nine of the top bakers in Scotland have made it to the all-important business category.
"But there can only be one Scottish Baker of the Year 2016 and The Kandy Bar are a worthy winner.”

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