The first ever World Buttery Championships have taken place in Aberdeen.
The competition’s 10 finalists were put through their paces in a bake-off, to see who could produce the best rowie.
The inaugural competition, which pitted a combination of amateurs and current and former professionals against each other, was won by Mark Barnett, of New Pitsligo.
Mark is a former baker at the Seafield Bakery in Banff.
The 48-year-old said he was “shocked” to win.
He said: “Everybody always tells you that your butteries are good, but you never expect them to be the best.”
The competition, held at the Aberdeen campus of North East of Scotland College on Saturday, was hosted by the Slow Food Aberdeen City and Shire.
Martin Gillespie, a committee member and organiser of the event, praised the community feel between the participants.
He said: “There was a good mix of finalists, we had four bakers, four ex-bakers and we had two amateurs.
“We were a bit apprehensive of how it would go, we worried that there might be some fear from the amateurs going up against the professionals, or that there might be some competitive rivalry, but they all got on well, and it was a really friendly, chatty feel.”
The bakers were tasked with creating a dozen of the north-east delicacies, to be judged on their taste, appearance, consistency and texture.
After the successful first outing, Martin is hoping the competition can return for next year, in an expanded form that will allow for different categories.
He said: “Several people have asked if we would run it again, and I think that we definitely would.
“We were advised by other people who do cookery competitions to keep it simple. So the next time that we do it, we might expand it further, to allow for a buttery with a twist, as well as split the amateurs and the professionals up.”