Butcher wins World Scotch Pie competition

Butcher James Pirie & Son of Newtyle in Angus, Scotland has been unveiled as the 2018 World Scotch Pie Champion.

More than 80 butchers and bakers entered over 400 pies, sausage rolls, bridies, savouries and apple pies into this year’s competition, which were judged by 50 industry experts and professionals.

Alan Pirie of butcher James Pirie & Son said: “To have been given the ultimate accolade today and to be able to call our pie the world champion as judged by a panel of experts is just excellent. This award is proof of what I have known for a long time - that the James Pirie & Son team is the best in the land. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to selling more of our champion pies than ever.”

TV presenter and entrepreneur Carol Smillie, who presented the awards ceremony, said: “I have announced the winner for three years in a row now and I know what it means to win, so I am delighted for James Pirie & Son and for what the year ahead holds. But for every winner here today, they can be proud and I hope they all see business boom as they all enjoy their well-deserved success.”

Head judge Ian Nelson added: “The competition, which has run for 19 years, aims to highlight that bakers and butchers create high-quality pastry products day in day out.  Recognising the ‘great and the good’ in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.”

Craig McPhie, president of Scottish Bakers, said “Once again we have brought together the best pies and baked goods in the land and today we can really celebrate the achievement of our hard-working butchers and bakers. My heartfelt congratulations go to our world champion, and indeed everyone today taking away a prize; they are all winners in my book.”

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