The Farm Shop & Deli Show Baker of the Year finalists been announced, with the winner due to be unveiled at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24-26 April, at the NEC, Birmingham

Following evaluation, deliberation, secret visits and mystery shopping, the judging panel of industry experts has revealed the category finalists, with the winners being announced live at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, 3.15pm on 24 April 2017.

Chair of judges Nigel Barden, co chair of Judges Elaine Lemm, Vince Bamford, editor of British Baker and John Gill, Booths, are just some of the 2017 judges who whittled down the category finalists.

Back for the fourth year by popular demand, the awards recognise the best-in-class in the specialist independent retail market. They celebrate the very best standards, levels of service, product innovation and community involvement in the sector.

Nigel Barden, chair of judges, said: “It’s a joyous journey visiting the awards finalists around the UK and, with the standards being so high, it’s the attention to detail that really makes the winners stand out.”

The Baker of the Year finalists are:

Bondgate Bakery, Otley, West Yorkshire
Hambleton Bakery, Exton, Rutland
Hobbs House Bakery, Bristol
The Hungry Guest, Petworth, West Sussex