Steak pie finalists selected

The finalists in this year’s England’s Best Steak Pie 2015 competition have been revealed.

Run by levy body Eblex, the competition was launched in 2011 and takes place on alternate years with England’s Best Burger Challenge.

Six finalists have been selected in what is the third year for the contest, with half in the retail category, and half in foodservice. In the former are: Drewtons in Yorkshire, with its Steak and Caramelised Onion Pie, M Newitt & Sons in Oxfordshire, with a Traditional Steak Pie, and Measures Butchers from Cambridgeshire, with its Beef & Bombardier pie.

In the foodservice category are: Dunkleys in Northamptonshire, with its Beef and Merlot Pie, Owen Taylor & Sons in Derbyshire, with a 12-inch Steak & Stilton Pie, and Proper Pies in Worcestershire, with its Stout and Black Treacle Marinated Beef Brisket & Guinness Cottage Pie.

Eblex explained that, this year, England’s Best Steak pie joins two new competitions – England’s Best Sirloin Steak and England’s Best Innovative Steak – to make up the newly launched Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards 2015.

Foodservice project manager at Eblex, Hugh Judd, said: “We received a fantastic variety of quality steak pie entries this year and the judges had a tough job to whittle them down to the final few. In the end, 14 entries achieved Gold Awards and the highest scoring of those were chosen as the finalists. All six are thoroughly deserving of a place in the final.”

The category winners and overall winner in all three Quality Standard Mark Excellence Awards competitions will be announced at a ceremony at the Underglobe in London on 22 April 2015.

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