Perth bakers takes Scotch Pie title

Champion: Linda Hill
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A Perth bakers has been crowned World Scotch Pie champion in a record-breaking year for the competition.

Murrays Bakers beat off stiff competition from nearly 100 butchers and bakers from across Scotland to be awarded the title.

Linda Hill, of Murrays Bakers, said she was delighted at the win: “To have been given the ultimate accolade and to be able to call our pie the World Champion, as judged by a panel of experts, is just fantastic. This award is proof that the Murrays team is the best in the land. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to selling more of our winning pies than ever.”

Hill is enjoying national recognition for the win, featuring on BBC Radio 2 and in this morning’s Metro newspaper.

Supported by the Scottish Federation for Meat Traders Association (SFMTA) and Scottish Bakers, the competition has 10 categories and, this year, saw a record 567 entries.

Douglas Scott, Cheif Executive of the SFMTA said pastry goods are becoming more important to butchery businesses.

“Pastry goods are increasingly important to butchers and more and more of them are getting involved in pie production.

“Awards at this level generate massive sales and can be a life changing event for businesses that win.

“We know from butchers’ experiences that even just one award can boost the sales of every product in a shop so it is no surprise that over 100 butchers and bakers took part in this year’s competition. All butchers and bakers ultimately benefit since it brings pastry products to the forefront and it also makes producers constantly think about how they can improve their products," Scott explained.

This was echoed by head judge Robert Ross, who has overseen the judging since its inception 16 years ago, said the competition recognised the “great and the good”.

Ross also announced his retirement as head judge during the awards ceremony.

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