SCOTTISH Bakers has today opened the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2022/3 – to butchers, bakers and all pie-makers for entrants keen to put their perfect pies to the test in this long-running yet always hotly-contested competition.
With a nip in the air after a long hot summer, what better time to start the search for the best pies in production than when we are all looking for warming flavour-filled treats and traditional savoury snacks, including the ever-popular Scotch Pie?
In addition to Scotch pies, registered food businesses including bakers, butchers and other pie-makers are invited to enter products across 11 categories, including; Scotch Pie, Football Pies & Savouries, Macaroni Pie, Steak Pie, Sausage Roll, Cold Savoury, Hot Savoury, Vegetarian Savoury, Haggis Savoury, Bridie and Apple Pies.
Entries are due in by 31st October and products must be delivered to Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8DY between 9.00am and 11.00am on 16th November 2022 for judging.
The competition offers proud pie producers across Scotland and from further afield the opportunity to be recognised as producers of the highest-quality savoury products on the market, with awards given to the best products in each category.
The winner of the Scotch Pie category will be declared WORLD CHAMPION.
The competition aims to highlight the humble pie in all its forms and the skill demonstrated in creating such high quality pastry products. Recognising the ‘great and the good’ in this way rewards the commitment of pie producers and raises the bar in the industry.
Says Alasdair Smith, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, which manages the competition: “We are delighted to be launching the World Scotch Pie Championships for 2022/3.
“We have a huge number of hard working butchers, bakers and other pie makers who have shown their mettle in recent years and who I know will be itching to share their perfect pies with our judges who will put each one through their paces before selecting the best in category and ultimately the best Scotch Pie in the World.
“I wish all our entrants good luck.”
Entrants can sign up at www.scotchpieawards.com
The winner will be announced at a prestigious awards lunch on 24th January 2023 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld by TV personality and long-term pie award presenter, Carol Smillie.
She 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, bakers and other pie makers 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 every year:
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 AAK who specialise in plant-based oils that are the value-adding ingredients in many of the products people love to consume.
The Maclean Cup and the Apple Pie category are both sponsored by Carr’s Flour. Carr’s have 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 Dalziel 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 who are Scotland’s leading pasta manufacturer. 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 131 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’.
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