A steak & ale pie, made by Turner’s Pies, has been named ‘Pie of Pies’ today (Friday 9th March) at the 10th annual British Pie Awards judged in Melton Mowbray. The Highland Top Rump & Dark Ale Pie prevailed against stiff competition, stealing the top spot from over 950 pies entered, following an undeniable resurgence of traditional British dishes.
The pie was commended for its exceptional pastry texture, taste and thickness, receiving a near-perfect score of 99% overall.
Celebrating a milestone 10th anniversary, the British Pie Awards were held during British Pie Week (5th – 9th March) and saw a record number of 180 producers from across the UK entering their pies into the competition.
The Awards celebrates the heritage of the British pie – an icon of British cuisine, with £1billion-worth eaten every year – and aims to protect and promote regional specialities as well as championing British Produce. Professional bakers, butchers and chefs from the south west to Scotland took home trophies for their creations.
The annual themed Class 21 at this year’s British Pie Awards championed the pies that fuel the nation’s public sector. A Shin & Skirt of Welsh Beef & Onyx Dark Ale Pie, produced by The Custodial Café – an initiative formed to teach men in custody at HMP Berwyn in North Wales transferable skills – was crowned the class winner.
Matthew O’Callaghan, Chairman of the British Pie Awards, said: “The volume of pies entered from a record number of producers this year has been wonderful to see (and taste!). There have been some exceptional flavour combinations coming together and some real innovation across the board from producers both big and small.
“We’re pleased to have seen an increase in vegan pie entries as well as a growth in gluten free entries, not only for the Gluten Free Class, but across other classes as well – demonstrating that gluten free pies can taste every bit as good as the rest.
“I’d like to give my sincere thanks to all involved, including our judges, sponsors, volunteers and of course, all our wonderful pie makers.”
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