Angus bakeries have eye on the ‘pies’

The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards judging day in Dunfermline where 100 contestant bakers and butchers entered 500 pies to be judged.
The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards judging day in Dunfermline where 100 contestant bakers and butchers entered 500 pies to be judged.

Two Angus bakeries have made the shortlist of the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2017.

After a busy judging day in Dunfermline where a panel of 50 professional judges, and some well-known faces, assessed each and every product on its appearance, quality, consistency and taste, J M Bakery of Carnoustie and Keptie Bakery of Letham have secured a slot on the shortlist of the 18th World Championship Scotch Pie Awards.

Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers which manages the competition, said: “One-hundred butchers and bakers entered 500 of their best products into 11 categories this year and the competition has been fierce so J M Bakery and Keptie Baker can be proud to have come this far.

“The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards is the only competition of its kind recognising excellence in the preparation of a perfect pie.

“The competition is now a regular fixture on the calendar as butchers and bakers throughout the land vie for pie supremacy and the boost to their business that always comes with such a sought after title.”

Thanks to the launch of a new website, www.worldchampionshipscotchpieawards.org, this years’ bumper crop of entries included a wide range of “products at their peak” with accolades on offer for the best: Scotch pie; football pies and savouries; macaroni pie; steak pie; sausage roll; cold savoury; hot savoury; vegetarian savoury; haggis savoury; bridie; and apple pie.

The winner will be announced at a prestigious luncheon hosted by Carol Smillie on January 11 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.