The search for the perfect pie returns this November

The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards return, with entry to the competition now open.

Scottish Bakers has confirmed that the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards are back for 2021/2. The competition took a break during the pandemic and instead decided to crown the ultimate champion from all previous winners earlier this year

With James Pirie & Son of Newtyle crowned the Champion of Champions in a one-off event in May, the usual proceedings return, with entrants battling for pie supremacy in 11 categories; Scotch Pie, Football Pies & Savouries, Macaroni Pie, Steak Pie, Sausage Roll, Cold Savoury, Hot Savoury, Vegetarian Savoury, Haggis Savoury, Bridie and Apple Pies.

The competition is currently open for entry applications via the Scotch Pie Awards website with this years judging taking place in a socially distanced manner on Wednesday the 10th of November 2021. The winner will then be announced at a prestigious awards lunch on the 18th of January 2022 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.

Alasdair Smith, Chief Executive of Scottish Bakers who runs the competition said: "After more than a year of a global pandemic, I am so proud to be launching The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards once again. Bakers and butchers in Scotland have shown such resilience stepping up to provide fresh produce to us all in a time of crisis and it seems only fitting to celebrate the best of the best by shining a light on the most taste-bud-tingling offerings from our nation’s best craftspeople.”

"This really is the only competition of its kind recognising excellence in the preparation of a perfect pie and it is now a regular fixture on the calendar as professional butchers and bakers throughout the country vie for pie supremacy and the boost to their business that always comes with such a sought after title."

TV personality Carol Smillie, who has once again agreed to present the awards in January said “I am so delighted to be back on board with the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards, the world may have changed, but our love of pies most definitely has not! It’s such a fun day celebrating the skills of so many butchers and bakers who kept the nation’s spirits up with our best-loved dish.”

Taste Magazine Scotland are proud sponsors of the McLean Cup award as well as being appointed onto this year’s judging panel! Other sponsors for the championship include BAKO, DMD 2000, Scobie MacIntosh, and the Dalziels group.

Check out the next edition of Taste Magazine Scotland for our feature on Scottish pies!

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