Scotch pie wait almost over

The anxious wait will finally be over for the UK’s top piemen as the naming of the new World Scotch Pie Champion takes place this afternoon.

Organisers were forced to postpone the awards in late November because of the Arctic weather conditions. Alan Stuart, the organiser and managing director of Methil-based Stuart’s of Buckhaven, said: “This is the first time in our 12-year history that we’ve had to postpone the awards lunch.

“Naturally, it was disappointing. However, it will be a really good start to the New Year for one butcher or baker.”

A total of 80 entries, including two English-based businessmen, Graeme Trotter of Trotters Family Bakers, Seahouses, Northumberland, and new entrant, Mark Duckworth of Dale’s Traditional Butchers, Kirkby Lonsdale near Lancaster, anxiously await the results.

Alan said: “The results will remain a secret until the awards lunch on 6 January in Dunfermline, but a total of 80 entries were received and judged this year from 50 butchers and 30 bakers.

“There were 390 products in the four classes of Scotch pie, bridie, sausage roll and savoury and that is extremely encouraging given that we are in a recession.

“This also shows the power of this competition, which was conceived to raise standards in the industry. We have certainly done that. People also want to be involved in the competition because of potential spin-offs in publicity, marketing and sales.” Previous winners have seen turnover increase by 30% following success in the competition.

He added: “We’re keen to broaden the horizons of the event and have stepped up our bid to invite butchers and bakers from England and Northern Ireland to take part.

“I’m particularly delighted to see two English entrants competing. Graeme Trotter is a long-time supporter of the event.

“However, we welcome Mark Duckworth of Kirkby Londsdale. If either of them win, then they would be the first non-Scot to take the coveted title.”

The reigning champions, Murdoch Brothers Butchers of Forres, Moray, are among the former winners entered.

Other past winners entered include Paul Boyle of Boghall Butchers, Bathgate, a two-time winner along with Thomas Auld and Sons of Greenock; Maclean’s Highland Bakery, Forres; Sugar and Spice, Auchterarder, Perthshire; Stuart’s of Buckhaven; and W F Stark of Buckhaven, Fife.

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