Pasty champion keeps it in the family

Twelve-year-old Simon Cornish became the third member of his family to be crowned a champion at the Eden Project’s World Pasty Championships.

The competition, which took place on 2 March, is now in its third year. Father Graham won both the Cornish and Open Savoury professional categories in 2012, and brother Henry won the Open Savoury Junior category last year. Simon, from Launceston in Cornwall, continued the tradition this year by winning the Junior category.

Simon said: “It feels quite special to win this trophy after my dad and brother also won them. I practised making pasties more for this year’s competition and it paid off.”

The contest, known as the Olympics of Oggy, celebrates the famous Cornish export ahead of St Pirian’s Day on 5 March, and is supported by the Cornish Pasty Association.

Also victorious was Terry O’Connor, originally from Mullion, Cornwall, who now lives in Watford. He won the Cornish Pasty Amateur category, having won the Open Savoury Amateur category at last year’s championships. Terry stayed in Cornwall the day before the competition and baked his pasties there to ensure he was able to enter.

He said: “It feels fantastic to be the Cornish Pasty Amateur champion, I’ve been making pasties for years and this is great. This is the category I wanted to win, definitely. I’ll be back every year to defend my title.”

Here is a list of the winners:

Cornish Pasty Amateur
Terry O’Connor from Watford

Cornish Pasty Professional
David Timmins from Bugle, Cornwall

Cornish Pasty Company
West Cornwall Pasty Co

Cornish Pasty Junior
Simon Cornish, aged 12, from Launceston, Cornwall

Open Savoury Amateur
Don McKeever from Bristol, with chicken and chorizo

Open Savoury Professional
Nik Brown from Liskeard, Cornwall, with Cornish steak and Doom Bar ale

Open Savoury Company
The Shop @ Shop Ltd, with a salmon, hake, pollock and monkfish pasty

Open Savoury Junior
Daniel Beddoes, aged 12, from Bristol, with a chicken fajita pasty

Pasty Ambassador trophy
Elaine Ead of the Chough Bakery in Padstow

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