Pie awards mark 90th birthday of the Queen

TV chef Rachel Green helps the Rev Kevin Ashby with the blessing of the pies at the British Pie Awards EMN-151023-135757001
TV chef Rachel Green helps the Rev Kevin Ashby with the blessing of the pies at the British Pie Awards EMN-151023-135757001
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Pie-makers are being challenged to make a special one to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday for the profession’s biggest day of the year.

That is the requirement for entrants in the ‘Speciality Class, at the British Pie Awards at Melton early next year.

Pies in this category of the event, which will once again be staged at St Mary’s Church, will be judged on their ‘wow factor’, with more decoration and freedom to choose filling and pastry type compared to other classes.

Entries are now open for the eighth edition of the awards, which will be on March 9.

Last year’s competition saw a staggering 830 pies entered from 131 professional bakers, butchers and chefs, all judged by 109 pie aficionados. The main rules are that all pies are to be totally encased in pastry with a closed top and they must fit into one of the pre-assigned classes.

All pies, except the specialist class, must be commercially available in the UK.

Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, said “We’re very much looking forward to another Awards celebrating the craftsmanship, creativity and innovation in pie making and what better time to do so but during British Pie Week itself.”

Go to www.britishpieawards.co.uk to enter.