Who will be crowned the world's top pieman?

Pie men now face an anxious three-week wait to see who will be crowned the world's top pieman.

Seventy entries were put under scrutiny by a panel of judges at Lauder College, Dunfermline,

on Wednesday.

And the results are kept secret until the pie Oscars lunch at the BLCC (next to Lauder College) in Dunfermline on 29 November.

A total of 69 pies were submitted from Scottish bakers and butchers with one entry from England. Graeme Trotter from Seahouses in Northumberland worked all night on his products before driving his entry to Dunfermline.

It's the ninth year of the prestige event and Graeme said: "I've entered every year

And I'm determined to take the title from the Scots.

The reigning champion Keith Stuart hobbled into the judging room on crutches after breaking his left heel in a fall on Sunday.

The 27-year-old said: "This week has been a disaster. I broke my heel after locking myself out of the factory while working on the pie.

Keith is one of five former winners who entered this time. Bathgate-based Paul Boyle, champion three years ago, added extra stock.

He said: "I've put in more stock is because the judges last year said they liked to see some juice on top of the pie."

The competition also features a bridie and savoury section. A total of 51 bridies were judged along with 142 savouries.

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