Time to say good pie to the upper crust

Keith Stuart
Keith Stuart

Meat elite stalwarts from Levenmouth were once again among the accolades at the World Scotch Pie Championships.

Last week’s tournament, the 16th of its kind, took place in Cumbernauld, with a record number of products, totalling nearly 570, entered this year by nearly 100 of the nation’s best butchers and bakers.

Buckhaven’s ‘Mr Pastry’, Amos Smith, of W. F. Stark in College Street, collected a silver award for his mince bridie.

And R. T. Stuart, also of Buckhaven, took home a bronze for its family apple pie.

Bay City Rollers front man Les McKeown once again helped choose those at the top of the pie charts, along with 50 industry experts.

Among the range of pies, pasties, savouries, apple pies, bridies, sausage rolls, Scottish football pies and specialty savouries, there were 10 category winners, with the Scotch Pie Club announcing the overall winner and world champion as Murrays Bakers of Perth.

Alan Clarke, of Scottish Bakers, said: “Once again, we have brought together the best pies and baked goods in the land and we can really celebrate the achievement of our hard working butchers and bakers.

“My congratulations go to our winner, and indeed everyone taking away a prize.

“They are all winners in my book.”

The competition is supported by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders. Both actively support and promote bakers and butchers in Scotland by encouraging and sharing best practice.