Buchan bakery and butcher vie for top spot

Rita Jernslett and Maureen Edminston of The Hame Bakery
Rita Jernslett and Maureen Edminston of The Hame Bakery

Peterhead’s Hame Bakery and Strichen butcher Bert Fowlie have been short-listed for this year’s World Pie Championships.

Scotland’s top butchers and bakers were trimmed down by Bay City Roller Les McKeown and a panel of industry expert judges, who announced the shortlist for the 16th championships.

This year’s competition, run by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders, has beaten its own record attracting over 100 professionals entering the highest ever number of products with some 600 individual items being professionally judged.

In addition to Scotch pies, contestants entered their best sausage rolls, bridies, speciality savouries, Scottish football pies, savouries and apple pies.

Head judge Robert Ross leda team of 50 judges comprised of professional judges and a small number of pie lovers at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline in November. He was also joined by a special judge Bay City Roller front-man Les McKeown.

Les said: “The overall standard was excellent and I was astounded by the quality of the various products that were entered.”

The winner will be declared at the awards ceremony on the January 14.