A Fife butcher has won the 2008 World Scotch Pie Championship. Forty-year old Amos Smith, proprietor of WF Stark in Buckhaven, won at his first attempt at the competition.
He was presented with the famous trophy by Laurent Vernet, marketing manager of Quality Meat Scotland, at a presentation lunch at Lauder College in Dunfermline yesterday.
Amos, who has worked for Stuarts of Buckhaven in the past, said he thought he might collect something in the Speciality category for his Pork, Cheese and Chive Sausage Roll. "To win the big one is certainly a shock to me as I have only been a year and a half in the butcher's shop that I own."
Amos said he had altered the last owner's recipe to "my own taste". "I think I got it right for my taste but obviously the judges thought it was good. I still can't believe it."
Another butcher Graeme Murdoch of Murdoch Butchers in Forres took second place, while a third butcher Paul Boyle of Bogshall Butchers, Bathgate, who won the award in 2005, was third in the coveted event.
The competition's organiser Alan Stuart applauded Amos for his efforts. He added: "Standards are higher than ever this year with presentation and taste significant factors.
"We congratulate the winner and we also celebrate the fact that the butchery and bakery industry treats these awards with such reverence.
"A record entry of 70 was achieved this year and we're looking to increase that number next year our tenth anniversary."