Annie Body: Young Shining Star
Published 06 Nov 2014Annie Body of Annie’s Bakery, Canisbay, has scooped the Young Shining Star Award at the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards.
The 10th Annual Awards Dinner took place on Friday 24th October, at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. Supported by the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Forum, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, they are the region’s most prestigious food and drink awards, celebrating excellence and achievement in the industry and recognising industry professionals at the top of their game.
Caithness baker Annie Body won the Young Shining Star Award for 2014, with her business Annie’s Bakery based in Canisbay. At just 22, Annie has achieved a great deal since opening the baker in March 2013, producing fresh, high-quality products which are now on sale across Caithness. With her passion for good food and drive to succeed, business at the bakery is booming and Annie has subsequently employed a full time baker within her first 8 months of business.
Judges at the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards had this to say:
“Annie set up her business at 22 and is already recruiting staff. She has demonstrated a willingness and drive to take on new things and take risks, and is clearly passionate about her business.
Annie has demonstrated innovation and, in response to customer feedback, has introduced the impressive Breakfast Pie. This was a strong application and shows potential to build a very strong brand.”
Prior to the Young Shining Star Award, Annie also picked up the coveted title of Young Entrepreneur at Caithness Chamber of Commerce’s 42nd Annual Dinner in September, with an award and £500 prize money presented by Bill Baxter of award sponsors Kongsberg Maritime.