Baking with Melanie Andrews

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Helensburgh Masterbaker returns home

Melanie Andrews set to return to her hometown in October 2021. Homebaking at its best will return to this beautiful coastal town on the Clyde. 

Watch this space for all the info !

The Scottish Baking Awards moves to Skye 2021

coral view menuMelanie is all set to announce the opening of her next venture -Craigard Afternoon Teas At Coral View on the Isle of Skye.

With absolutely stunning views over to the western Isles and Coral beach.

Enjoy all the offerings this multi talented Masterbaker has to offer with outdoor scenic dining or TakeAway.

Opening End August/September 2021

Teaching at City of Glasgow college

Delighted to be asked to teach at City of Glasgow College today. This is a well run College in the centre of Glasgow and has produced some great talented Chefs/Patisserie Chefs and the like. The college has some very talented lecturers indeed and was proud to be a part of that today and in the future. 

Northern Ireland Celebrity Restaurants 2019

The Emerald Isle is my brief this week. 

So many Celebrity Restaurants and Hotels etc all over the world and most have never set foot in them. 

Are they worth the hype or are they seriously overpriced and overrated just because of a signature over the door.? 

I have a feeling I know the answer but we shall see. 

I personally feel that Ireland itself is a seriously underrated little Island as regards to the quality of food and the standards of Hospitality. I am a seasoned traveller and never have I returned to a country so often to be repeatedly overwhelmed by it's people,food and Hospitality. 

My question would be - Does Ireland really need the big names to impress when absolutely everywhere from small tearooms to inns to Hotels and B&Bs are already impressing? 

See my answers here or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or the Newspspers/Magazines in real time. 

The Hospitality Critic making waves

The Hospitality Critic " AKA Melanie Andrews MBE"  is making waves in Iceland and all over the world this year. With over 40 years experience in The Hospitality industry ,she pulls no punches (Quotes  The Stateman ) .


This Industry professional travels extensively all over the world and is embarking on a Canadian/American Tour in early 2019 . She has a well documentated love affair with Ireland ( Although not her home country) and proposes all sectors of the Hospitality Industry could learn much from this small but most hospitable island. 

We are hoping to shadow her movements on her next tour and we wait with baited breadth for her honest and professional opinions on all things "Hospitality"

See her short but to the point reviews on Facebook at The Hospitality Critic. 



The Great Craigard Bake-Off was an outstanding success this year, sponsored by The Scottish Baking Awards. Over 500 entries, over 5 different categories, were whittled down to 60 for the final Bake-off on the 11th November 2018 at Craigard Tearoom in Helensburgh.

The 5 different categories were as follows: 

Sugarcraft  Chocolate  Novelty Cake  Homebaking and Bread.

The 4 judges were : 

Mastercraftsman- Sean McVey from The Breadwinner bakery in Edinburgh

Masterbaker- Melanie Andrews MBE from The Scottish Baking Awards

Multi Award winning Chocolatier- Shona Sutherland  from Taystful

Multi Award winning Cake Artist- Anna Dillon  Dillons Cakes

The winners in each category were as follows:

Bread - Lily Greig

Novelty -Zuzka Miles

Sugarcraft - Sharon Morrison

Homebaking- Seema Joshi

Chocolate- Gayathri Prakash

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to our fabulous judges who gave up their spare time freely to encourage and promote Scotland's great new Bakers. Roll on 2019. 

Melanie Extended Interview on BBC Radio

The Helensburgh baker, entrepreneur and founder of the Scottish Baking Awards, Melanie Andrews MBE, tells Shereen how cakes and pastries don’t need to be the dietary bad guy; and why teaching skills to local youngsters is one of her many passions.

Melanie on radio