Bruce of Broch vies for pie title

Kelvin Sutherland of Bruce of the Broch
Kelvin Sutherland of Bruce of the Broch

Bruce of the Broch and Bert Fowlie Butcher of Strichen are just two of Scotland’s top butchers and bakers which have been trimmed down for the shortlist for the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships.

This year’s competition, run by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders, has beaten its own record attracting over 100 professionals entering the highest ever number of products with some 600 individual items being professionally judged.

In addition to Scotch pies, contestants entered their best sausage rolls, bridies, speciality savouries, Scottish football pies, savouries and apple pies.

Head judge Robert Ross led a team of 50 judges comprised of professional judges and a small number of pie lovers at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline in November. He was also joined by a special judge Bay City Roller front-man Les McKeown.

Les said: “I was honoured to once again be asked to join the panel of judges for this iconic competition.

“The overall standard was excellent and I was astounded by the quality of the various products that were entered.

“The Scotch Pie is my favourite and I now know that that I have tasted the world Champion pie for a second year in a row.”

The World Scotch Pie Championships provides butchers and bakers across Scotland with the opportunity to become recognised as producing the highest quality savoury products with awards given to those producing the best products in each category.

The winner of the Scotch Pie category will be declared as the World Champion at the awards ceremony on January 14.

Head judge Robert Ross said: “Scotland is lucky to be home to some of the worlds most experienced and talented bakers and butchers.”