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World Scotch Pie Championship 2014
Essentially Catering editor - Nic Belfrage - and Bay City Roller front-man - Les McKeown - were just two of the panel of 50 judges (comprising mainly master bakers and butchers) at the World Scotch Pie Championship last week.
Judging took place at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY on Wednesday 13th November 2013, however the winners will not be revealed until 15th January.
This year’s competition saw over 100 butchers and bakers from all over Scotland deliver 543 of their best pies, savouries and bridies to the Carnegie Conference Centre where they battled it out for pie supremacy.
In addition to the Scotch pie category, there were nine other categories including sausage rolls, speciality savoury pies, vegetarian pies, Scottish football pies and, for the first time in the history of the competition, apple pies.
Bay City Roller front-man, Les McKeown, said: “I was honoured to be asked to join the panel of judges for this iconic competition. The contest is a hard fought one and in each category we were looking for something really special that stands out from the crowd.”
The World Scotch Pie Championships has run for 15 years and aims to highlight bakers and butchers that create top quality artisan pastry products. The competition is designed both to reward excellence and challenge the industry to raise the bar.
The competition is supported by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders. Both trade associations actively support and promote bakers and butchers in Scotland by encouraging and sharing best practice.
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