‘The Bakery’ in Dunbar makes its TV debut in Britain’s Best Bakery competition on Thursday, December 13, screening every weekday evening at 4pm on STV.
When the community owned bakery was one of several Scottish independent bakeries to be selected to trial for ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery competition, there was excitement and apprehension. The Bakery Dunbar fresh-faced bakery team had already been working hard to raise the quality and range of its artisan and classic French breads, cakes and pastries without sacrificing the idea of good value and traditional Scottish staples – after all the bakery is community owned and barely a year old.
Yet award-winning head pâtissier and bakery manager, Ross Baxter and his savouries chef, Pavel Broz, seemed remarkably relaxed and unfazed by the prospect of the gruelling challenges of a mainstream TV competition.
Would they get through the preliminaries? There was not a glimmer of doubt between them that they had the ability to make it through, but could they also beat top bakers from Scotland and then the rest of Britain? To find out how far they progressed you will need to watch the show. ITV’s ‘Britain’s Best Bakery’ launched on 26th November and runs through to December 21, screening at 4pm every weekday evening.
Ross Baxter said: “We’re inspired by traditional and regional specialities but also love to give them a modern twist, looking for new ways to challenge the senses. We were certainly taken aback when we found out that we were on the short-list, and we knew it would be slog, but we were up for it.”