THE judges of the 22nd World Championship Scotch Pie Awards declared their annual judging day a huge success – as 70-plus butchers and bakers safely delivered more than 400 of Scotland’s best pies for judging by 60 experts in their field.
After a break during COVID-19, the judges were eager to get back to it and their enthusiasm shone through as each pie – under the scrutiny of head judge, Ian Nelson – was assessed for its appearance, consistency and, of course, taste.
But the aim of the day was to select a series of ‘best in category’ winners, including the 2022 World Champion Scotch Pie in this much-anticipated and always hotly-contested competition.
The judges were looking for pie perfection across entrants in 11 categories: Scotch Pie, Football pies and savouries, Macaroni Pie, Steak Pie, Sausage Roll, Cold Savoury, Hot Savoury, Vegetarian Savoury, Haggis Savoury, Bridie and Apple Pies and the winner will be announced at a prestigious lunch on 18th January 2022 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.
Said Alasdair Smith, chief executive of the competition organisers, Scottish Bakers: “Judging day is always a highlight in my calendar and today did not disappoint. It was our first chance to come together as an industry since March 2020 and so it really did feel special today.
“It always heartens me to see such an amazing display of pies which have been lovingly made from scratch from locally-sourced ingredients, freshly-made daily by skilled craftspeople.
“I say this a lot, but this really is the only competition of its kind, recognising excellence in the preparation of a perfect Scottish Pie, and the winners genuinely receive a business boost for every title they take so it’s no wonder they try so hard to win each year.”
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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