Scotland’s top butchers and bakers have been trimmed down by expert judges, who today announced the shortlist for the 17th World Scotch Pie Championships.
Local Baker Bruce of the Broch of Fraserburgh has been shortlisted for its Steak Pie in the Steak Pie (hand held) and Football Pie categories and may be up for an award at a glittering ceremony to be hosted by TV personality Carol Smillie early in the new year.
In addition to Scotch pies, contestants entered their best sausage rolls, bridies, speciality savouries, Scottish football pie and apple pies. And for the first time in the history of the competition the judges had an offally good time judging the best pie using haggis as a filling.
New head judge Ian Nelson led a team of 50 judges comprised of professional judges and a small number of pie lovers at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. He was also joined by a special judge Provost of Fife and football legend Jim Leishman.
Jim said: “I was honoured to be asked to join the panel of judges for this iconic competition. The overall standard was excellent and I was astounded by the variety of products that were entered and just how serious the judges take the competition. The Scotch Pie is my favourite but I have a soft spot for my specialist category, the best football pie in the land and I now know that that I have tasted the best.”
The winner of the Scotch Pie category will be declared as the World Champion at the awards ceremony on the 13th January 2016.
Mr Nelson said: “This year has seen a particularly high standard of entries and the judges have had a challenge in front of them. Year on year we continue to be impressed by the increased level of creativity and talent.”