Fraserburgh and Strichen butchers have their eye on the pies

Weather girl Judith Ralston pictured in Perth where she was judging the Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Product Awards for 2017.
Weather girl Judith Ralston pictured in Perth where she was judging the Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Product Awards for 2017.

Fraserburgh and Strichen butchers have their eye on the pies after submitting their savoury pastries were put forward for a national award.

Bruce of the Broch and Bert Fowlie of Strichen are two of sixty butchers throughout Scotland in the running for Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Pastry Products Awards 2017.

Nearly 300 handcrafted pies, sausage rolls and bridies will be judged by a team of 30 judges across six categories in one of the industry’s most coveted awards.

Douglas Scott, Chief Executive of Scottish Craft Butchers, said this year’s standard of entry had raised the bar for the industry awards.

He said: “Customers are demanding top quality and an ever-increasing range of outstanding products and Scottish butchers are leading the way.

“All the products brought here for judging are made to butchers’ own recipes on their own premises.”

Judges will look at the whole eating experience before making their decision, including appearance, bake, uniformity, good presentation, great fillings, top taste and lack of soggy bottoms.

Mr Scott said: “Pies are a great family favourite and these awards show customers just what a high standard their local butcher sets.”

Scottish weather presenter Judith Ralston is one of the judges at this years competition and says she has always been a supporter of the local butcher.

Ms Ralston said: “Shopping at the local butcher has always been a part of my life and I’m immensely proud to be asked to judge these truly outstanding products – the quality is excellent.

“They taste so delicious I would have to say the outlook for these competitors is very good and I forecast great things ahead for Scottish butchers.”

She added: “There’s always been something comforting and trustworthy about butchers’ pies and sausage rolls.”

The Craft Butchers awards will be announced on December 31 in a New Year’s Roll of Honour list.