Baking with Melanie Andrews

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First under 16's Cook and Bake course for 2016 all Pass.

Melanie Andrews has successfully managed to teach another class of under 16 year olds to complete her "Free" Cook and Bake course at Craigard Tearoom. All the students ranging from 11 to 15 all sat and passed their Basic food Hygiene course and now can add this to their list of achievements . They were taught the names and uses of over 100 fruit and vegetables and how to prepare them. They made sweet and savoury Pastry , Quiche , Apple tarts, Wheaten bread , Meringues and finally sat their exam after 6 weeks . All passed with their very own Cook and Bake school certificates.

Melanie's next course is in May 2016 where she will teach a further class free of charge . For all the details and how to apply please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Melanie Andrews Cook and Bake School

Melanie Andrews is again offering" Free " Courses on Cookery and Bakery to children between the ages of 12 and 16 . These life skills are important to young adults and are sadly sometimes lacking in full time education. The courses are always in high demand and this February 2016 course, which lasts 6 weeks ,was booked out in under 24 hours. The courses are open to all children  whether they have a budget or not as Melanie donates her time and experience free of charge. The courses range from Basic skills to Advanced and come complete with a certificate at the end of the course. The courses are held within " Craigard Tearoom " and have become hugely popular with the younger budding Chefs , Bakers and Cooks. For more information or to book the next course contact Melanie on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

A great start to the new year 2016 for Masterbaker and Novelist - Melanie Andrews . She has just one the Scottish Category for the

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World Gourmand Cookbook Awards with her most recent Baking book - Baking with Melanie Andrews.

The next stage is now automatic and Melanie is now attending the World Cookbook Awards in Bejing this May 2016.  As a special celebration we are now selling this great edition of her book at half price on all our websites. - at www.scottishbakingawards.co.uk  www.craigard-tearoom.co.uk  www.melanieandrews.co.uk .

Meeting Prince Charles

Melanie Andrews meets His Royal Highness Prince of Wales at a dinner at Dumfries House September 2015.

Melanie Andrews meets His Royal Highness Prince of Wales at a dinner at Dumfries House September 2015.

A Food Critics dream - Scottish Hideaways

Next weekend i will be travelling through the West coast and central Scotland and sampling some of our best Scottish Hideaways . I will be experiencing what our Tourists recieve for there money in this glorious part of the world. This year as we know is Scotland's Year of Food and Drink , and it is plentiful in some of the most remote corners of the West Coast . I am also  honoured to be invited to Dumfries House this week for Dinner with none other than Prince Charles. Dumfries House has been carefully and lovingly restored back to its former glory by His Royal Highness Prince Charles. The dinner is to celebrate the opening of the newly restored House and to celebrate Scotland's Year of Food and Drink. So a full week ahead of fine dining - will my waist band hold up ? I will be posting my reviews here very soon .

Melanie now Blogging on Visit Scotland Website

Here in Scotland we have the most magnificent scenery,cuisine and people and it is not until you have travelled the world extensively that you realise how truly special a place Scotland really is . At http://www.visitscotland.com/about/food-drink/chefs/ you can now find out all you need to know about what makes this tiny little country of ours great . Visit Scotland website is a great place to research everything including Food and Drink and i am proud to say they are not just concentrating on our brilliant Chefs but also our bakers now too. Baking in Scotland is a huge passion and is taken very seriously indeed . I am really glad to see groundbreaking advertising by our countries Tourism Body to promote this increasingly popular Profession and hobby . I take my hat off to Visit Scotland in sitting up and taking notice of this ever increasing profession and promoting it to the world .

Brand new Glossy Baking book out now

My brand new Baking recipe book is now out today for 2015 and its a cracker ! You can purchase it here online with a 25% Discount if ordered at this website . You will find millions of books cheaper elsewhere by well known and not so well known Authors ,but all my recipes are tried and tested hundreds of times over. Its important to buy a Recipe book which is easy to follow , and yet creates great results. You dont need hundreds of ingredients to make a great Cake - just a great recipe and a great teacher ( Author) . I can be contacted here or my social media pages with any questions regarding any of my recipes. So you dont only get a great book and great recipes but your own personal tutor . I hope you enjoy the recipes as much as i enjoyed making them.

The Great Hetties Bake-Off

Hetties tearoomToday was a stunning drive through the snow capped countryside of Perthshire and onto the lovely village of Pitlochry . I was asked to judge at Hetties Tearoom for a motivational and team building exercise for the young Baking staff . I arrived to a very nervous group of young ladies ,all exhibiting pride and fear in equal measure . Hetties Tearoom's owner -Clare had organised the whole show and i just had to turn up and do my bit. The cakes were all excellent for such a young group of bakers and it was hard to pick only one winner. I evenually settled on a quite unique Chocolate and strawberry jam cake . Now i know what you are all thinking and so did i ....... but never judge a book by its cover (or its name for that matter) This was a very unusual combination and odd looking cake but it truly worked and i loved the crunchy,caramelised almost hard fired edges ,with the dense almost gingerbread type cake in the inside . You could taste the jam and it was just a great , different cake. Well if your team /business needs a bit of team building this was a great way to do it . Any enquiries for my services can be made to- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Another great night "Baking Live " on Scottish Television.

stv janTo start off the New Year i was invited  to bake Live again  on Scotlands brand New Television Channel - STV Glasgow . This is a great new show for this area with all the up to date information on all kinds of topics. Each night they have a guest Chef/Baker on to cook up a storm for the lovely two presenters- Jennifer and David. They are both just lovely genuine people and very professional. I triuly love this show . Each night they also feature talented young bands playing live in their compact and bijou studio. Last night i showcased  my very own  No Cook . No Bake Cranachan cake for the viewers and this went down a storm . Sadly most people were driving home and the 3/4 bottle of "Glayva" that went into the sponge was not a great start to our brand new Dont drink and drive laws here in Scotland. Needless to say they all took home goody bags . Look forward to working with you again STV Glasgow.