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The Incorporation of Bakers Networking evening: Monday 21st May 2018

This is one of the established events on the Bakers' calendar is a networking night for students of baking and hospitality.  Owing to the Bakers' close links with the City of Glasgow College, the event is hosted in Scholars' training restaurant. Each year a group of 5 leaders in their field give their time to speak to the students, and advise them on careers.  On 25th May, through MCR Pathways, we invited students in kinship care to join us, to experience what is available for those keen to pursue a career in the baking and hospitality industries.

The Deacon, Dr Rose Mary Harley introduced speakers: Prof Maurice Taylor CBE, hotelier; Mr Bruce Reidford, Chief Finance Officer, Tunnock's; Mr Alasdair Smith, Chief Executive, Scottish Bakers; Mr Brian Dick, Chief Executive, The New Chocolate Company; Mr Scott Anderson, Quality and Training Manager, Scottish Bakers.

The Incorporation also used the event to present the Bakers/Tunnock Award for Excellence in Baking to Mitchell Finnell, a 1st Year NPA Bakery student, and  Lucy Snowball, a 2nd year NC Bakery, and to also present them with their membership of the Incorporation.

The below photos show the Deacon presenting cheques to Mitchell and Lucy, with Bakery lecturers Jason Ross and Lisa Ross.

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Chocolate Tasting evening: Friday 25th May 2018

The Incorporation of Bakers held a chocolate tasting night on 25th May to raise funds for The Trades House's  Kinship Care Initiative.

Brian Dick, Chief Executive and founder of  the excitingNew Chocolate Company, gave the assembled group a presentation onEverything You Want To Know About Chocolate But Were Afraid To Ask.  Steering us through the merits of high cocoa solids and necessity of cocoa butter, a tasting session accompanied the talk, with animated audience participation. Young baritone Daniel Barratt entertained us with songs from Les Miserables, Carmen, From Russia With Love, and others, and at the end of the night, everyone left with a box of Brian's exclusive chocolates.  In addition to having an enjoyable social evening, and raising some money, the Bakers also wanted to introduce this exciting new company, based in Port Glasgow, to the Trades House, in the hope we will be able to hold other such events.