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North-east butchers and bakers set to contest the World Championship Scotch Pie title

By David Porter

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The shortlist has been announced this week for The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards with several north-east contenders in the running.

The championship winners will be announced next year
The championship winners will be announced next year

JG Ross Bakers (Inveurrie), Bruce of the Broch (Fraserburgh), Hame Bakery (Peterhead), Pie-Aroma (Strichen) and The Bread Guy (Aberdeen) have all made the shortlist following the annual judging day when nearly 500 of the best pies on the market were delivered to Dunfermline where they were put to the test by 60 pie professionals who have now selected the ‘best of the best’.

Judges were worked hard once again as they put each and every entry to the taste, touch, appearance and smell test across all the categories from the iconic Scotch Pie to Football Pies & Savouries, Macaroni Pie, Steak Pie, Sausage Roll, Hot Savoury, Vegetarian Savoury, Haggis Savoury, Bridie and Apple Pies.

The winner of the Scotch Pie category will be declared World Champion along with all Best in Category winners at a prestigious awards lunch on January 16 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld by TV personality and long-term pie award presenter Carol Smillie.

Scottish Bakers, the association which supports the interests of Scotland's bakery trade, organises the annual competition to shine a light on the craft skills pie makers demonstrate day in and day out in producing Scotland’s iconic Scotch Pies, football pies, macaroni pies and many many more.

Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers Lesley Cameron said, “This is my first World Championship Scotch Pie Awards as CEO of Scottish Bakers and I have been amazed at the passion of each and every entrant not to mention the creativity, quality and innovation of the entries submitted for consideration by our professional judges.

“Announcing the shortlist is always a great moment as it’s the first time our entrants get an inkling that their pies have been judged as amongst the best in the country and it’s always great to be recognising products which have been lovingly made from scratch from locally sourced ingredients, freshly made daily by skilled craftspeople.”

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