Media Release: The Scotch Pie Club Awards 2013 – judges taste-test a record number of entries

Jim Leishman judges Scotch Pie Club Awards

FOLLOWING the busiest judging day ever, the Scotch Pie Club has selected winners of the Scotch Pie Club Awards 2013. Winners will be announced on January 9 at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.

The competition has attracted a record entry this year with more than 100 butchers and bakers entering some 500 pies, pasties, sausage rolls, bridies and savouries into the competition which, for the first time, features a new category – the best pie available for supporters to buy at a Scottish football match.

And in recognition of the new category, a special guest judge joined Head judge Robert Ross and his team on Tuesday 27th November.

Former Dunfermline Athletic football manager and Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman, took up the mantle of a judge for the first time. Jim said: “As a football professional, I was delighted that the new category of best football pie in Scotland was added this year and I was flattered to be able to get involved.

“The standard of entries was incredible and the judges were hard pressed to pick a winner.

“But I am well aware of the role the football pie plays in fan’s enjoyment of a match so to be able to help judge which pie is the best in the land is a huge honour.”

The World Scotch Pie Championships provides butchers and bakers across Scotland with the opportunity to become recognised as producing the highest quality savoury products with awards given to those producing the best products in each category. The winner of the Scotch Pie category will be declared as the WORLD CHAMPION in January 2013.

Head judge, Robert Ross, said: “The competition, which has run for 14 years, aims to highlight that bakers and butchers create high quality artisan pastry products.

“Recognising the ‘great and the good’ in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry. With more entries than ever before and the bar set incredibly high, we had a hard job on our hands but we are confident we have made the right decision.”

Alan Stuart, competition founder, said: “Judging day for the 14th World Scotch Pie Championships was our busiest ever and the standard was higher than ever too.

“We have a huge number of hard working butchers and bakers who deserve recognition for delivering great products day in and day out. I am confident that the judges have made the right decisions today and I look forward to announcing the winners early next year.”

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.

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