Record number enter World Scotch Pie Championship

A record number of entries have been received for the World Scotch Pie Championship which will be judged today at Lauder College in Dunfermline .

A record number of entries have been received for the World Scotch Pie Championship which will be judged today at Lauder College in Dunfermline .

A total of 68 bakers and butchers will vie for the coveted title - five more than the previous best.

Five former champions are in the field including last year's winner, Keith Stuart of Fife-based Stuart's of Buckhaven.

The 26-year-old production director has not changed his pie recipe and believes it is good enough to triumph for a second time.

Stuart said: "We thought about changing the recipe, but it has stood the company in good stead for 150 years and so we've kept everything the same."

Bathgate-based Paul Boyle, champion three years ago, has also kept his recipe the same apart from adding extra stock to the mouth-watering mix.

The 50-year-old admitted: "We've added extra stock as the judges last year intimated that they liked to see some juice on the top of the pie.

"Our pie last year did not have that."

Robert Cowan, the 2006 winner, has also kept his recipe the same and Alan Marr of Thomas Auld and Sons Bakery in Greenock is also sticking to the recipe which triumphed twice.

Forres-based Lewis Maclean, champion in 2003, has tinkered with his spices after drawing a blank last time around.

He said: "I kept the recipe the same after winning the title, but we drew a blank last year and so I've fiddled with the spices in a bid to catch the taste buds of the judges."

Only one English competitor is in the field, Graeme Trotter of Seahouses in Northumberland. He is trying something different in a desperate bid to take the title over the Border for the first time.

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