Media Release: Jim Leishman picks his premier pies and helps decide who will make the World Scotch Pie shortlist

  • More than 500 products entered
  • By nearly 100 of the nation’s best butchers and bakers
  • Judged by 50 experts including Jim Leishman
  • Ten category winners selected
  • But only ONE World Champion Scotch Pie

SCOTLAND’S top crust butchers and bakers are on tenter-hooks today as their best products were delivered into the hands of the judges of the 17th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Judging took place at Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline on Wednesday 11th November 2015 and the winners – which will remain a closely guarded secret until 13th January 2016 – have been chosen.

This year’s competition has seen nearly 100 butchers and bakers from all over Scotland deliver more than 500 of their best their pies, savouries and bridies to the Carnegie Conference Centre where they have battled it out for pie supremacy.

In addition to Scotch pies, contestants entered their best sausage rolls, speciality savouries, Scottish football pie, apple pie and savouries including, for the first time ever, a haggis category.

In recognition of his passion for a Scotch pie, a special guest judge once again joined head judge, Ian Nelson, and his team.

Provost of Fife and football legend, Jim Leishman, took up the difficult task as guest pie tester.

Jim said: “I was honoured to be asked to join the panel of judges again for this iconic competition. The contest is a hard fought one and in each category we are looking for something really special that stands out from the crowd.”

The World Scotch Pie Championships has run for 17 years and aims to highlight bakers and butchers that create top quality artisan pastry products.

The competition is designed to both reward excellence and challenge the industry to raise the bar.

The winner of the Scotch Pie category will be declared as the WORLD CHAMPION in January 2016.

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 practise.

The competition is sponsored by wholesaler to the food industry, Bako Northern and Scotland.

For more information, please contact Julie Fourcade on 07850 523615

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