Scottish butcher gets a slice of success

Andrew Kirk, of Fife, has been found to have the best pies in the country. The butcher’s steak pies have been judged the Scottish Champion in the 2015 Scottish Craft Butchers Steak Pie Evaluation.

“I would like to thank Scobie & Junor, from whom we buy our steak pie seasoning and gravy mix from and Scotbeef who supply us with quality beef,” said Lisa Thomson of Andrew Kirk Butchers. She received the award on behalf of the butcher’s from contest sponsor David Mooney from William Sword.

“We prefer using the round of beef and give it a long slow cook, so that it is always tender. Our pies are really popular and to win this title only confirms what our customers already think.”

After winning the East of Scotland heat of the competition, Kirk’s pies advanced to the Scottish final.

The award-winning steak pie had to battle it out with 150 others in appearance, flavour, filling and appeal. In addition to this judging, the regional champions were mystery-shopped to ensure the product would be available to the customer.

Speaking of the winning product, judge Mark Heirs of the Monteith Dining Group said: “First of all it was the quality of the pastry; it was really nice, light, flaky and buttery. It tasted like a homemade pastry and the steak was nice even-sized pieces, really tender with a consistent gravy.”

Meanwhile, Mooney, direct sales manager at William Sword praised the importance of the competition. “These awards are extremely important in the Scottish meat industry calendar, celebrating excellence across the board. To receive an award is a fantastic achievement as these winners represent the upper crust of the Scottish meat industry.”

The nationwide contest was organised by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders alongside Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and William Sword.

Laurent Vernet, head of marketing with QMS, expressed his excitement about the opportunity to promote Scottish produce. “Scotland’s beef is world-renowned thanks to its outstanding quality and exceptional taste. It’s also an extremely versatile product which can be used to make fantastic modern recipes as well as high-quality products such as steak pie.

“These awards offer a fantastic opportunity to see the energy, enthusiasm and skill our butchers have. Their commitment to producing top-quality beef products points to a bright future for the industry,” concluded Vernet.

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