SCOTTISH Bakers has confirmed that the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards are back for 2021/2.
The much-anticipated, and always hotly-contested, competition took a break during COVID and instead sought to find the ultimate champion from all previous winners.
With James Pirie & Son of Newtyle crowned the Champion of Champions in an one-off event in May of this year, it’s now back to a straight race for pie supremacy across entrants in 11 categories: Scotch Pie, Football Pies & Savouries, Macaroni Pie, Steak Pie, Sausage Roll, Cold Savoury, Hot Savoury, Vegetarian Savoury, Haggis Savoury, Bridie and Apple Pies.
The competition is open for entry applications now by registering here worldchampionshipscotchpieawards.org/ and judging will take place in a socially-distanced manner on Wednesday 10 November 2021 with the winner being announced at a prestigious awards lunch on 18 January 2020 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.
Begins Alasdair Smith, chief executive of Scottish Bakers: “After more than a year of a global pandemic, I am so proud to be launching The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards once again.
“Bakers and butchers in Scotland have shown such resilience stepping up to provide fresh produce to us all in a time of crisis and it seems only fitting to celebrate the best of the best by shining a light on the most taste-bud-tingling offerings from our nation’s best crafts people.
“This really is the only competition of its kind recognising excellence in the preparation of a perfect pie and it is now a regular fixture on the calendar as professional butchers and bakers throughout the country vie for pie supremacy and the boost to their business that always comes with such a sought after title.”
TV personality, Carol Smillie, who has once again agreed to present the awards in January, said: “I am so delighted to be back on board with the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards, the world may have changed, but our love of pies most definitely has not! It’s such a fun day celebrating the skills of so many butchers and bakers who kept the nation’s spirits up with our best loved dish.”
This year, Scottish Bakers is shining a light on the sponsors who make this competition possible year in and year out:
The overall awards partner and Scotch Pie category sponsor is BAKO, a leading supplier of bakery products and ingredients. Owned by bakers for bakers, BAKO is a wholesale supplier of bakery and food service products.
The Bridie category is sponsored by Scobie MacIntosh, a family owned business which has been providing engineering and logistics solutions for the bakery sector for 135 years.
The Apple Pie category is sponsored by Carrs. Carrs has been milling flour in the UK for almost 200 years. They know a thing or two about what bakers need, promising to mill the finest flour to help bakers make great baking moments.
The Football Pie category is sponsored by Rondo who manufacture high-quality machines and systems for the production of pastry of all types; they call this ‘dough-how’.
The Sausage Roll category is sponsored by Fleming Howden which is a business that is long-renowned for sourcing, manufacturing and distributing a wide range of bakery ingredients and yeast products focused on delivering the perfect mix and in doing so, providing excellence to the Scottish Bakery Industry.
The Steak Pie and Cold Savoury categories are sponsored by DMD 2000 who are an UK-based food packaging manufacturer specialising in the production of thermoformed packaging and trays in addition to bespoke thermoformed packaging products.
The Hot Savoury category is sponsored by Andrew Ingredients who are a bakery ingredient supplier to the bakery sector. Their wide range of high quality food ingredients, bakery ingredients and bakery supplies, backed by friendly and reliable service, ensures that everything they supply is the best of its kind.
The Haggis Savoury category is sponsored by Dalziels group which serves the meat processing, retail butchery and bakery sector, encompassing meat seasoning blends and ingredients, frozen and chilled meat, butchery supplies, crumb and battering systems and industrial food machinery.
The Macaroni Pie category is sponsored by Marshalls, which is one of Scotland’s leading pasta manufacturers. Since 1885, the business has grown its range to suit all tastes, including macaroni, semolina, farola, spirali, penne, spaghetti and lasagne – all of which are produced using the finest durum wheat.
And the Vegetarian Savoury category is sponsored by Macphie, an internationally-renowned family food ingredient manufacturer. From bread to savoury sauces and everything in between.
Notes for editors:
Scottish Bakers has been supporting and protecting the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade for 130 years.
Scottish Bakers’ core purpose is to promote and protect the interests of the trade; representing, advising and supporting all aspects of Scotland’s baking industry to ensure it remains competitive and equipped for growth.
It does this by providing the widest possible range of benefits that help its members sustain and grow their businesses including: skills development, technical information and assistance, competitions, sector intelligence, legal advice, financial discounts, and social and business networking.
Scottish Bakers manages both The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards and The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards each year to recognise and celebrate excellence in the sector.
But, most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members, it is there for their benefit and is proud of its motto, ‘for the good of all’.
With thanks to our awards partners: Bako
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