Bakers beat butchers to take pie title

The best pie in Britain has been revealed as a Waitrose pork, chicken and ham pie, created by Walkers Charnwood Bakery.

The bakery beat off competition from butchers, fellow bakers and large food manufacturers to take the supreme champion title at this year’s British Pie Awards, which saw more than 700 different products entered into the competition at Melton Mowbray.

More than 60 judges were involved in the competition, with a number of celebrity chefs including Phil Vickery, Rosemary Shrager and Rachel Green. Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, organiser of the event, said: “We were overwhelmed at the number of entries this year and the quality of the produce has been unbelievable.

“It was good, too, to see a number of smaller producers taking some of the major awards. Thank you to all of the bakers and butchers from our green and pleasant land for producing such perfect pies, all worthy of the much coveted title”.

Category winners on the day were:

Class 1 - Melton Mowbray Pork Pie (Winner - Walkers Charnwood Bakery produced for Tesco)

Class 2 - Pork Pie (Winner - Walkers Charnwood Bakery, Henry Walker Large Pork Pie)

Class 3 - Steak & Kidney Pie (Winner - Peters Food Service)

Class 4 - Savoury Pie (Hot) (Winner - Devilish Desserts - Steak & Ale Pie)

Class 5 - Savoury Pie (Cold) (Winner - Walkers Charnwood Bakery - Pork, Chicken & Ham Pie produced for Waitrose)

Class 6 - Fish Pie (Winner - Boghall Butchers - Cod & White Wine Pie)

Class 7 - Vegetarian Pie (Winner - Boghall Butchers - Vegetarian Haggis Pie)

Class 8 - Cornish Pasty (Winner - Proper Cornish Food Company)

Class 9 - Other Pasty (Winner - Arthur Chatwin Limited - Steak Pasty)

Class 10 - British Apple Pie (Winner - Northfield Farm, Bramley & Cox Apple)

Class 11 - Other Dessert Pie (Winner - Brockleby’s - Fruits of the Forest)

Class 12 - Football Pie (Winner - J W Mettrick & Son - Steak & Potato Pie for Glossop North End)

Class 13 - Radio Pie (Winner - Indigo 106)



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