Media Release: Airdrie becomes ‘pie capital of the world’ as J B Christie is crowned the World Scotch Pie Champion 2013

THE Scotch Pie Club is delighted to announce that the winner of the 14th World Scotch Pie Championship is JB Christie Ltd of Airdrie making them THE WORLD SCOTCH PIE CHAMPION 2013.

The company also took a gold award for its speciality onion pie in the Hot Savoury category.

First runner-up, The Little Bakery of Dumfries, and second runner-up, Denholm Bakers of Wishaw, can also both be very proud of their pie prowess. A further 18 Scotch Pies made it to the shortlist as amongst the best in the land – no mean feat.

Following the busiest judging day ever with a record entry of more than 100 butchers and bakers entering some 500 pies, pasties, sausage rolls, bridies and savouries into the competition and with some 180 hopefuls attending the awards luncheon in Dunfermline, JB Christie can truly be proud to have produced the best Scotch Pie in the land.

Andrew Chisholm, from J B Christie, said: “Words cannot express how delighted we are to have been given the ultimate accolade and to be able to call our pie the WORLD CHAMPION as judged by a panel of experts is just fantastic.

“I only bought the business a few months ago so this award is a testament to the J B Christie’s team who are the best in the land. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to selling more of our winning pies than ever.”

Said head judge, Robert Ross, who has, for many years now, overseen the judging process to ensure only the best pies are recognised and that only the best of the best is crowned world champion: “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.”

Alan Stuart, competition founder, added: “I am a proud man! Once again we have brought together the best pies and baked goods in the land and today we can really celebrate the achievement of our hard working butchers and bakers. My heartfelt congratulations go to our winner, and indeed everyone today taking away a prize, they are all winners in my book.”

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.

Alan Clarke and Douglas Scott, respectively chief executives of both associations were impressed with the overall standard of the products and gave thanks to Bako Northern and Scotland who have sponsored the competition.

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