Judging Process

At British Baker, we pride ourselves on the integrity and the robustness of our judging process. Making our awards the ones that everyone wants to win.

This year we have refreshed our judging process and is broken down into the stages below:

Stage One

All entries are reviewed by a judging panel organised by the sponsoring company. This also includes an independent judge and British Baker appointed adjudicator. You DO NOT have to be a supplier or a customer of any category sponsors to enter.

Stage Two

Each category will be judged under one of the following subheadings:

Business – Shortlisted entries from stage one will be reviewed further. If a site visit is needed this will be arranged. From there three finalists and a winner will be picked. (If Covid restrictions still in place no site visits will happen and online judging only with video from the site)

People – After the first stage, shortlisted candidates in this category will be asked to interview. This can be in person or virtually. They will also be asked to send or show a sample of their products if relevant. The panel will pick three finalists and a winner. Part of the judging process might include site visits if needed for the category.

Product – Any product shortlisted in these categories will be asked to send/ deliver products to the finalists judging on a date in the summer. The panel determines three finalists and the winner from these entries. (If Covid restrictions are still in place judging will be remote).

A company may enter more than one category, BUT different company representatives must enter each of the chosen categories. No one person can enter more than one category.

Companies that won any category in 2020 may not enter that category this year. The exception to this is product categories – the winning company may enter the following year but must enter with a different product.

All finalists will appear in British Baker, on Britishbaker.co.uk and bakeryawards.co.uk before, during and after the awards.