Pork pie crowned Supreme Champion at British Pie Awards

A Melton Mowbray pork pie won the British Pie Awards, organisers announced on 10 March.

The Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie made by Walkers Charnwood Bakery scooped the title of Supreme Champion at the annual awards, now in their ninth year. The product boasts a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) mark and beat 896 other entries to the top slot.

Head judge at the awards, Ian Nelson from Hovis, and deputy head judge, Steve Barnes from Slatterys in Bury, had the responsibility of picking this years champion from the 21 class winners. Judging took place on 8 March in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, involving more than 100 judges.

Faced with 21 superb pies, picking one for the top title is a tough job, but this years winner is deservedly so, said Nelson. Its an outstanding pie: a good even bake with wonderfully crisp pastry and a beautifully seasoned, perfectly balanced filling we just wanted to keep eating it!

Bens Kitchen in Gloucestershire collected the Small Producer Award for its Chicken Pie. The themed class at this years awards celebrated regional traditions and heritage. A Chicken & Sausage Meat Pudding Pie, produced by Great Walsingham Barn Caf from Norfolk, was the Regional class winner.

Matthew OCallaghan, chairman of the British Pie Awards, said: The calibre of entries this year was outstanding. The recipe innovation was remarkable, reinventing the British classic with an innovative variety of filling combinations, spices and sauces.

The entrants really demonstrated what the future of the great British pie looks like, with notable stand-out in the Gluten Free class. Mary Berry would be pleased to know too that there wasnt a soggy bottom in sight! Id like to give my sincere thanks to all involved, including our judges, sponsors, volunteers and of course, all our wonderful pie-makers.

For more information on the British Pie Awards and a full list of the winners, visit www.britishpieawards.co.uk and follow @BritishPies on Twitter.

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