Media release: I ‘spie’ the World Champion Scotch Pie on judging day


AT the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2022/3 judging day today, nearly 500 of the best pies on the market were delivered to Dunfermline by 78 of the best butchers, bakers and other pie makers where they were put to the test by 60 pie professionals who have now selected our category winners and, of course, our ultimate winner who will be crowned World Champion in January.

Judges were worked hard once again as they put each and every entry to the taste, touch, appearance and smell test across all the categories from the iconic Scotch Pie to Football Pies & Savouries, Macaroni Pies, Steak Pies, Sausage Rolls, Cold Savouries, Hot Savouries, Vegetarian Savouries, Haggis Savouries, Bridies and Apple Pies.

“And we were not disappointed,” said head judge, Ian Nelson. “Each year, I expect great looking pies made expertly from quality ingredients. I want the judges to see, smell and taste traditional techniques but I also want to see innovation and exciting new flavour combinations coming through. It’s safe to say our entrants ticked both boxes today and I can’t wait for the winners to be revealed.”

The competition offers proud pie makers across Scotland and from further afield the opportunity to be recognised as producers of the highest-quality savoury products and apple pies 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 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.

Scottish Bakers, the association which supports the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade, organises the annual competition to shine a light on the craft skills pie makers demonstrate day in and day out in producing Scotland’s iconic Scotch Pies, football pies, macaroni pies and many many more.

Chief executive of Scottish Bakers, Alasdair Smith, said: “Its always great to be in the room on judging day and seeing all the entries is a real treat for the senses but only the best of the best will win so its going to be exciting to see who will take the title this time.”

Scottish Bakers would like to thank 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 which is 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 which is 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 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 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’.

Contact: Julie Fourcade
Phone: 07850523615