British Pie Awards take on military theme

British pie-makers across the country are dusting off their aprons in readiness for this year’s British Pie Awards 2014. The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association (MMPPA), the event’s organiser, is hoping to build on last year’s event, which attracted 983 entries from bakers and butchers around the country.

This year’s contest has a military theme: the Speciality Pie class has been named ‘A pie fit for a hero’ in recognition of the quality of food prepared by chefs working in the British Armed Forces and associated catering companies, which organisers are encouraging to enter this category alone this year.

“Since it is the 100th commemorative year of World War 1 we felt it an appropriate touch to introduce a category that could acknowledge the caterers who support our armed forces and associated personnel,” said Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the MMPPA.

“We are hoping the category attracts some new entrants and really provide us with an insight into their skills, as well as some food for thought.”

There are 19 different categories this year, all of which will be judged independently by pie experts, celebrity chefs and food writers. The event will take place at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, on 30 April.

Last year’s winner, Sally Lewis of The Pie Kitchen, said she had seen pie sales double since her victory and urged other pie-makers to take part.

“Not only do more people recognise our brand, they are more inclined to try our pies when they see we have achieved this award,” she said. “I would really encourage everyone in the industry to get involved. It is a great way to be recognised as well as a lot of fun.”

MMPPA set up the annual competition in 2009, in celebration of the EU giving Melton Mowbray Pork Pies protected name status and as a way of celebrating the UK’s pie-eating tradition.

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