The apples of Buchan’s eyes

Peterhead's Patrick Jackson and one of his award-winning apple pies.
Peterhead's Patrick Jackson and one of his award-winning apple pies.

Two well-known Buchan business have excelled at this year’s World Scotch Pie Championships.

Patrick Jackson Jnr of the Hame Bakery took silver for his Large Apple Tart in the inaugural year for the category.

And taking bronze was Hebie Fowlie of Strichen butchers Bert Fowlie.

A delighted Patrick said: “We are delighted with our win and can go away with our heads held very high indeed.

“To have been judged as one of the best in the land against so many of our peers is a huge achievement.”

The ultimate prize and new holder of the title ‘World Scotch Pie Champion 2014’ went to The Kandy Bar of Saltcoats.

The awards ceremony followed the busiest judging day ever with a record entry of 100 butchers and bakers entering some 543 pies, pasties, sausage rolls, bridies, savouries and for the first time Apple Pies into the competition.

More than 200 hopefuls attended the awards luncheon in Dunfermline and all the butchers and bakers shortlisted can truly be proud to have produced some of the best products in the land.

“The competition, which has run for 15 years, aims to highlight that bakers and butchers create high quality artisan pastry products,”said head judge Robert Ross who, for many years now, has overseen the judging process to ensure only the best pies are recognised and that only the best of the best is crowned World Champion.

“Recognising the great and the good in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.”

Alan Clarke of Scottish Bakers added: “Once again we have brought together the best pies and baked goods in the land and today we can really celebrate the achievement of our hard working butchers and bakers. My heartfelt congratulations go to our winner, and indeed everyone today taking away a prize, they are all winners in my book.”

The competition is supported by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders. Both trade associations actively support and promote bakers and butchers in Scotland by encouraging and sharing best practise.

Alan Clarke and Douglas Scott, respective Chief Executives of both Associations were impressed with the overall standard of the products and gave thanks to Bako Northern and Scotland who have sponsored the competition.