THREE West Fife bakers are hoping to rise to the top after being shortlisted in the Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

Stephens Bakery, Bayne's and Cukie Patisserie will be hoping to be top bakers after securing a spot on the shortlist of the prestigious contest after the annual judging day held in Dunfermline.

The contest allowed Scottish bakers to put forward up to 12 of their star products to be taste-tested by 50 industry experts.

A total of 580 products were delivered for the judges to assess for appearance, the quality of the bake and taste.

Dunfermline Press: Judging for the Scottish Baker of the Year award took place this week in Dunfermline.Judging for the Scottish Baker of the Year award took place this week in Dunfermline. (Image: Scottish Bakers)

This years’ crop of entries included the ‘best bakes’ from some 60 bakers spanning the country and items included scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, individual cakes and biscuits as well as French and Danish style pastries and Free-from bread, biscuits and cakes.

Lesley Cameron, Chief Executive of organisers Scottish Bakers, said: "With nearly 600 products entered, reaching the shortlist of this competition really is something to be very proud of.

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"Every day we work hard to give Scottish bakers the chance to shine and showcase their innovation and skills and this competition is a vital part of that. So we really do wish all of our shortlisted entrants the best of luck when the prizes are presented in May.”

The winners will be announced at a Gala dinner at the Hilton in Glasgow on May 11.