Nicola Reid of JB Christie Bakers in Airdrie has been announced as the winner of the 2015 James Allan Memorial Competition. 

Held annually in memory of craft baker James Allan, this is the second time that the award for young bakers has been presented, and it was hosted at Macphie’s Test Bakery Department in Glenbervie.

As part of the process, hopefuls are supplied with fermented products – they choose one and make a batch of eight. The candidates then provide a specification for their chosen product. From the eight produced, they select three for the judges to score. Each candidate is also required to finish a batch of products in the quantities shown against listed items. They must bring this product with them.

Technical challenge

Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, said: “It sounds technical and it is. The James Allan Memorial Trophy really is a skills test designed to push young professionals and to encourage them to challenge themselves and set the standard for others in the industry. Nicola is a worthy winner and we hope she enjoys the year ahead as our champion.”

As well as her trophy, Nicola won a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Macphie of Glenbervie, where they create a variety of baking ingredients.

Clarke added: “Nicola will have a fantastic, one-off opportunity to work with a great team.”