Media Release: It’s a ‘pie-tastic’ result as shortlist is revealed for the World Scotch Pie Championships

Les judging a pie

SCOTLAND’S top butchers and bakers have been trimmed down by Bay City Roller, Les McKeown, and a panel of industry expert judges, who today announced the shortlist for the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships.

The following butchers and bakers have been shortlisted for a possible win:

Edinburgh and East

Wm Stephen (Bakers) Ltd – Dunfermline

Hunters of Kinross – Kinross

Mr C’s Pies – Nr Newburgh

Fisher & Donaldson – Cupar

F C Lonie Baker – Burntisland

Tom Courts Quality Foods Ltd – Fife

W F Stark – Fife

RT Stuart – Methil

WTS Forsyth & Sons – Peebles

Boghall Butchers – Bathgate

David Stein Butchers – Bathgate

John Lawson Butchers – Uphall

Hopetoun Farm Shop – Broxburn

The Edinburgh Bakehouse – Edinburgh

A J Learmouth Quality Butchers – Jedburgh

Falkirk and Perth

D G Lindsay & Sons – Perth

HW Irvine – Blairgowrie

James Pirie & Son – Newtyle

MacDonald Bros Ltd – Pitlochry

Ann Davidson Butchers – Scone

Murrays Bakers – Perth

Tower Bakery – Perth

Sugar & Spice – Auchterarder

Thomas Johnston Quality Butchers – Falkirk

Michael R More Quality Butcher & Caterer – Cambusbarron

Skinner of Kippen – Kippen

Glasgow, Kilmarnock and West

Pars Foods Ltd – Glasgow

Peter’s Bakery – Kirkintilloch

Brownings the Bakers – Kilmarnock

Irvines Ltd – Beith

The Kandy Bar – Ayrshire

Thomas Auld & Sons Ltd – Greenock

Inverness and North

Hastie & Dyce – Inverness

Ashers Bakery – Nairn

Fraser Brogherd – Dingwall

William Grant Bakers – Ross-shire

R George Butchers – Moray

Murdoch Brothers Butchers – Moray

Fraser Bros Ltd – Forres

Annie’s Bakery Ltd – Wick, Caithness

Donaldson’s of Orkney

Motherwell and South West

Alan Elliot Butchers – Lanark

The Apple Pie – Carnwath

The Orchards (Biggar) Limited – Biggar

James Chapman (Butchers) Ltd – Wishaw

Denholm Bakers – Wishaw

Fergusons of Airdrie – Airdrie

JB Christie Ltd – Airdrie

Ramsay of Carluke Ltd – Carluke

Mogerleys – Dumfries

J B Houson Butchers – Dumfries

The Little Bakery – Dumfries

Ballards Butchers – Castle Douglas

Aberdeen, Dundee and North East

Chalmers Bakery Ltd – Bucksburn

Hame Bakery – Peterhead

Bert Fowlie – Strichen

Bruce of the Broch – Fraserburgh

J G Ross (Bakers) Ltd – Inverurie

Nicolls Rosebank Bakery – Dundee

Scott Brothers – Dundee

Goodfellows of Dundee – Dundee

Grainstatus Ltd T/A JB Bakery – Carnoustie

Keptie Bakery – Letham

This year’s competition, run by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders, has beaten its own record attracting over 100 professionals entering the highest ever number of products with some 600 individual items being professionally judged.

In addition to Scotch pies, contestants entered their best sausage rolls, bridies, speciality savouries, Scottish football pies, savouries and apple pies.

Head judge, Robert Ross, led a team of 50 judges comprised of professional judges and a small number of pie lovers at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline in November. He was also joined by a special judge Bay City Roller front-man, Les McKeown.

Les said: “I was honoured to once again be asked to join the panel of judges for this iconic competition. The overall standard was excellent and I was astounded by the quality of the various products that were entered. The Scotch Pie is my favourite and I now know that that I have tasted the world Champion pie for a second year in a row.”

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 at the awards ceremony on the 14th January 2015.

Head judge, Robert Ross, said: “Scotland is lucky to be home to some of the worlds most experienced and talented bakers and butchers. The World Scotch Pie Championship provides an opportunity for Scotland’s finest to showcase their skill. The competition, now in its sixteenth year, aims specifically to highlight those entrants that create world-class artisan products.”

Alan Clarke, of Scottish Bakers, said: “This year has seen a particularly high standard of entries and the judges had a challenge in front of them. This competition was designed to both reward excellence and raise the bar for standards in the industry – and year on year we continue to be impressed by the increased level of creativity and talent.”

The competition is sponsored by wholesaler to the food industry, Bako Northern and Scotland.

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Editors Note

Scottish Bakers was established in 1891 and since then we have represented and promoted the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland. We aim to be an integral part of each member’s business by providing support for Bakers of all sizes. We provide a valuable source of help, advice, information, assistance and skills development for bakers throughout Scotland. But most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members; we are all there for their benefit and are proud of our motto, ‘for the good of all’.

The Scottish Federation of Meat Traders is the trade organisation representing Scotland’s craft butchers. The 440 member shops are supported from its Perth base with help and advice. Members are encouraged to produce innovative and unique products that create compelling reasons to shop at specialist meat retailers.

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