An Ayr bakers has made it to the final round of a national competition.

Gilardi Bakers Ltd (Stobbs the Baker) of Ayr has made it to the shortlist of the prestigious Scottish Baker of the Year Awards following the annual judging day held in Dunfermline earlier this month.

Stobbs has won the Customer Choice of the Year category two years running and could be on its way to win a third.

With Scottish bakers each asked to put forward up to 12 of their star products to be taste tested by 50 industry experts, 630 products from 70 bakers were delivered for the judges to assess for appearance, the quality of the bake and taste so to be shortlisted is quite some feat.

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With prizes on offer for the best scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits, as well as French and Danish style pastries and free-from bread, biscuits and cakes, the temperature heated up quickly for the judges, especially as the ultimate prize is to be crowned Scottish Baker of the Year.

Alasdair Smith of Scottish Bakers said: “With 630 products entered, reaching the shortlist of this competition really is something to be very proud of.

“We really do wish all of our shortlisted entrants the best of luck when the prizes are presented in May.”

To vote for Stobbs the Bakers, visit here

The winners will be announced at a glittering Gala dinner at the Hilton in Glasgow on Saturday, May 6.