A Scottish craft baker has won a £9,400 scholarship to study traditional artisan bakery techniques in New York.

Susannah Silver from Kirriemuir in Angus, who set up her own business last year, will participate in the eight-week Art of International Bread Baking course at the French Culinary Institute in the US city. She will also have the chance to work in some of its top bakeries.

Silver, who secured her cash award from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), said: "The course is intensive, covering different national baking traditions and methods as well as the science of baking. On completion, I will have a much sounder knowledge of all aspects of craft baking and the regional differences between breads."

She said she set up her business, Bread Naturally, "to give people the chance to enjoy traditional bread - an unadulterated staple food made through craft, not industrial chemistry".

QEST, the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association, was set up in 1990 to advance education in modern and traditional crafts and trades in the UK.