Artisan bakery business and Scottish Bakers member The Bread Guy was founded by Gary McAllister who has been baking bread since he first left school.
At just 16, he began his apprenticeship at the locally renowned Kelly of Cults working with a small team of dedicated experienced bakers where it became obvious he had a real flair and passion for baking. Over the years he has worked in several bakeries where he fine-tuned his craft before going it alone.
Gary started The Bread Guy in 2018 with a small unit, an oven, mixer, table, rack and pans. Gary is now 28 and his business is growing during these uncertain times providing high quality artisan products within the Grampian Region.
Gary says, "Our products are all handmade and will always continue to be – our team of bakers are trained in the skills of real bread making, and use a combination of ancient techniques and modern flair to expertly hand craft our mouth-watering breads.
"We are keen to grow and develop our business so we took over Aitkens Bakery earlier this year but it is not just about growth through acquisitions, for me it's all about organic growth and that is why training is so important to me."
The Bread Guy is working with Scottish Bakers specialist training arm National Food and Drink Training (NFDT) to support two candidates, one aged 16 and one aged 21, as they study for their Food & Drink Operations Craft Bakery Skills Level 2 on top of the five employees who have already completed Food Hygiene training.
Training and Quality Manager of NFDT Scott Anderson said, "It is great to see bakers like The Bread Guy investing in training to grow and develop their own businesses but during these tough covid times, it is vital to look towards the future. We look forward to supporting Gary and his team on their journey."
National Food and Drink Training (NFDT) was established in 2015 as a rebrand of Scottish Bakers training provision. This was a direct result of the strengthening of its portfolio to include lean manufacturing techniques and the delivery of the new Food Manufacturing Excellence (FME) qualifications.
National Food & Drink Training
c/o Scottish Bakers
Unit 2, Halbeath Interchange Business Park
01383 661 555