Schoolgirl is Yorkshire’s new pork pie champion

A 17-year-old schoolgirl walked away victorious from a regional meat competition, entered by 30 seasoned butchers. The contest attracted more than 200 products from across the county of Yorkshire.

Emily Hofmann, a pupil at Wakefield Girls’ High School, won the supreme pork pie championship with her large pork pie at the 25th annual Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage and Products competition, which was held in Bradford on Sunday, 17 November.

However, Emily is not a total beginner, as she works at weekends and during school holidays at her father Nigel Hofmann’s shop in Wakefield. Of her win, Emily said: “I’m over the moon – it’s absolutely brilliant.”

Meanwhile, Huddersfield-based Bolster Moor Farm Shop retained its pork pie and sausage supreme championship title, by winning first prize for a traditional thick pork sausage, while the shop’s first-prize thin pork sausage was also voted reserve supreme champion.

Bolster Moor Farm Shop’s pork pies also fared well on the day, with its pork and pepperoni pie winning the speciality cold eating pie class.

Long-established business Metcalfes of Northgate won the ‘New Kid on the Block’ award for the best newcomer to the contest. The shop also received runner-up in the black pudding class.


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