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James Allan Competition

James Allan Memorial Trophy 
A skills competition for young bakers in Scotland in memory of the late James Allan

About the competition

Entrants will be expected to demonstrate their bread making skills by making a batch (8) of six strand plaited loaves on the day of the competition in the Macphie of Glenbervie Product Applications Bakery.

Entrants are required to provide a product specification for their chosen product and from the 8 produced they will select 3 for the judges to score.

Each candidate will also be required to finish a batch of confectionery products of their choice. They must bring unfinished bases (eg. sponges/ eclairs) of product with them to Macphie where they can use supplied creams, icings and frostings to demonstrate their finishing skills.


The Winner receives the James Allan Memorial Trophy and a week long, all expenses-paid trip to Macphie of Glenbervie, staying in a modern cottage situated on the picturesque Glenbervie estate. He/she will have a fantastic, one-off opportunity to work with a team of baking experts, learning new skills and techniques to help them in their future careers. The first runner up receives £150 bursary and the second runner up receives £75 bursary.

How to get involved

The completion is open to anyone completing a Scottish bakery Modern Apprenticeship and winners will be announced in September 2015.

For more information please contact Scott Anderson on 01383 661 555 or at

Watch the video of the 2015 launch event