Judging

We’ve got your entry, so what happens next?

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Top Tips for Winning

After we’ve received your entry

After the closing date we will write to you inviting you to provide your products for judging. You will be asked to provide three of each product for judging. Full instructions will be given on how to label the products so that they can be judged anonymously.

​When does judging take place?

Judging takes place in November each year. This year the judging for the 2017 competition takes place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline. We ask that products are delivered between 9.00am – 11.30am on the day.

What to do if you can’t deliver your products personally for judging

Local collection points are available throughout Scotland. If using a collection point we ask that you deliver your products by 8.00am on the day to ensure they reach Dunfermline on time. Parcel Delivery or Courier Services are also available throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK

How to package your entries

You should ensure that products arrive in the best possible condition. It is recommended that polystyrene boxes and ice packs be used but please remain ‘green’ and don’t over package your entries.

Who judges the products?

The judging team is led by Head Judge Ian Nelson and consists of independent and expert judges from the baking industry. Scottish Bakers, the competition organisers go to great lengths to ensure that all judging is completely anonymous.

Mystery Shop Judging

The Scotch Pie category and one other class will be selected by the Head Judge and be subject to a second tier of judging. The top scoring products on judging day will be mystery shopped and the winners decided by a team of independent judges.

What prizes can you win

Each category will have a BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD & DIAMOND (Category winner) Award. The winner of the Scotch Pie Category will be crowned World Scotch Pie Champion. The Maclean Cup is awarded to the winner of the Speciality Savoury section.

Tips For Success 

You can see what the team of judges are looking for via the videos. Tips from previous winners include: Don’t change your recipe for the day – trust in your tried and tested recipe and take special care when packaging your products, especially if you are using a courier service.