Chicken creation takes the crown at British Pie Awards
The Great North Pie Co. has been crowned the Supreme Champion of this year’s British Pie Awards for its Chicken, Mushroom, English Mustard & Cream creation.
The company beat 830 other pies to the trophy, bagging itself £1,000 in the process. Judges were won over by the pie’s “exquisite appearance and perfect balance of taste and texture”.
The seventh annual pie awards took place in Melton Mowbray on 22 and 23 April, with 109 judges involved, including TV chef Andy Bates, food critic Charles Campion, and food writer Xanthe Clay.
Neil Broomfield, pie maker from Great North Pie Co., said: “The competition at this year’s British Pie Awards was huge and some of the pies were amazing. We’re so proud to win the award and be amongst some of the best pie makers in the country. We work hard to ensure that everything we produce is the best quality and that’s what we’re all about as a company. The team we have know this, and they put so much effort into keeping the standards we set. It is unbelievable that we have been named Supreme Champion.”
Aside from the Supreme Champion award, a number of other pies were recognised at the event across 20 classes. Boghall Butchers in West Lothian, Scotland, walked way with seven certificates including a first place for its Chicken Pie, while Leicester’s 190-year-old pie maker Walker & Son performed “exceptionally well”, sweeping the board with first, second and third places in the Savoury Pie Class, amongst other accolades.
Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the British Pie Awards, said: “What a year for the Awards – we’ve seen a truly varied and plentiful plethora of pies. The standard of entrants this year was higher than ever before, and Neil and the Great North Pie Co team can be very proud of being crowned Champion.
“Each year we hold the awards to encourage innovation in pies and I believe we have outdone ourselves this year. I’d like to give my sincere thanks to all involved, including our judges, sponsors, volunteers and of course, all our wonderful pie makers.”
For the full list of winners, go to www.britishpieawards.co.uk
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