Judging Begins To Crown The World’s Best Scotch Cake

Judging for the Scotch Pie World Championship Awards for 2022/23 took place on Wednesday, with nearly 500 of the best cakes on offer being handed out at the Carnegie Conference Center in Dunfermline.

The delicious cakes were evaluated by 60 professionals, who have already selected the winners of each category, as well as the final champion, who will be crowned in January.

The judges were put to the test as they ranked the cakes based on taste, feel, appearance and smell in a number of categories, including famous football cakes best enjoyed at matches, haggis cakes, bridies, a selection of cold savory dishes and hot dishes, macaroni pies, sausage rolls, vegetarian pies and apple pies.

Jason Ross (Lecturer in Baking at Glasgow City College) was judging the Scottish tarts. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson

The contest allows pie makers the opportunity to be recognized as producing the highest quality sweet and savory products on the market, with awards being given to the best product in each category.

The best Scottish pie

Head Judge Ian Nelson commented: “Every year I look forward to great looking cakes expertly made using quality ingredients.

“I want the judges to see, smell and taste traditional techniques, but I also want to see innovation and exciting new flavor combinations.
“It’s safe to say our entrants checked both boxes today and I can’t wait for the winners to be revealed.”

Head Judge Ian Nelson. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson

Scottish Bakers organizes the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards to highlight the skills of pastry chefs, with various sponsors offering their support for each category.

They have been supporting and protecting the interests of the Scottish bakery trade for 131 years, with the sole aim of promoting and protecting the interests of the trade.

Scottish Bakers runs the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards and the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards each year to recognize and celebrate talent in the industry.

Some of the empanadas that are offered. Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The general partner of the awards and sponsor of the Scotch Pie category is BAKO, a supplier of bakery products and ingredients.

BAKO, owned by bakers for bakers, is a wholesale supplier of bakery and food service products.

The Maclean Cup and Apple Pie category are sponsored by Carr’s Flour, which has been milling flour in the UK for almost 200 years.

Head Judge Ian Nelson inspects a cake. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson

The Favorite Football Cake category is sponsored by Rondo, who manufacture high-quality machines for making all kinds of pastries.

The winner of the Scotch Pie category will be declared world champion at a prestigious awards luncheon on 24th January 2023 at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld by TV personality Carol Smillie.

Scottish Bakers chief executive Alasdair Smith said: “It’s always great to be in the courtroom on judgment day and seeing all the entries is a real treat for the senses, but only the best of the best will win, so it will be exciting”. to see who takes the title this time.”

Delicious cakes waiting to be judged. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson
The variety of cakes on offer. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson
All were smiles in the jury. Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The judges settle. Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Some cakes require close inspection. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson
Handing out the cakes ready to be judged. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson
Cakes aren’t just tasted… Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson
Just a table full of cakes and savory products. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson
The judges deliberate. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson

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