City bakery students take top prizes at industry awards

Four bakery students from City of Glasgow College have won a raft of prizes at this year’s Scottish Baker of the Year Awards.

Martin Downs, Keavy Salt, Laura Hollywood and Ashley Gill represented the college’s City Market Bakery and beat off stiff competition from around the country to reach the finals.

Their St. Clements Cake was named best cake in Scotland under 80p, while the team took regional gold medals for their Strawberry Milkshake Scone and Light Rye Bread, as well as regional bronze for their white seeded bloomer.

As a regular part of their course work the students create a range of cakes, scones pastries, bread and rolls for the City Market Bakery which has proved to be very popular with members of the public and a welcome addition to Cathedral Street.

Amanda Davis, Head of Curriculum for Food at City of Glasgow College, said:

“We are extremely pleased to be recognised as making the best cake under 80p. We take our baking very seriously here at the college and we both teach and use traditional methods and craft skills to deliver quality every time. We could not have come this far in the competition without the votes of all of our customers so huge thanks go to them.”

Jason Ross, Bakery Lecturer at City of Glasgow College, said:

“Our students have worked extremely hard and really deserve these wins. Our City Market Bakery provides an excellent real world learning experience for the students. They must turn around a range of baking within a specific time and to a consistently high standard, and they are seeing immediate results when people not only buy their produce but return and become regular customers.”  

The awards were presented at a gala dinner in Glasgow hosted by Scottish Bakers who support and promote the interests of Scottish bakers across the country.