The World Championship Scotch Pie Award goes once again to James Pirie & Son
Butchers James Pirie & Son has been awarded the title World Scotch Pie Champion of Champions. The retailer won the competition in 2020 and in 2018 as well as taking the title World Scotch Pie Champion of Champions in 2021 with their iconic Scotch Pie.
The butcher also took the top prize for its Sausage Roll which took a Diamond title, making it the best sausage roll in Scotland.
Alan Pirie from James Pirie & Son said: “I am stunned! Speechless and stunned. Wow. I was delighted to have won the competition twice and to take the Champion of Champion title but but to have once again been judged alongside literally the best pies in the land and to have come out on top is beyond my wildest dreams. I really do make the best Scotch Pies in the world. This is just fantastic news and will be a huge boost to the business after a year of continuing to serve our community with fresh produce through difficult circumstances for us all.”
Alasdair Smith, chief executive of Scottish Bakers who run the competition each year said: “With nearly 500 of the best pies on the market submitted by 78 of the best butchers, bakers and other pie makers for judging by 60 pie professionals, all of our winners can be proud of placing so highly in the competition.”
The winning products were all considered by the judges to be the best of the best when it came to taste, texture, appearance and smell across all the categories from the iconic Scotch Pie to Football Pies & Savouries, Macaroni Pies, Steak Pies, Sausage Rolls, Cold Savouries, Hot Savouries, Vegetarian Savouries, Haggis Savouries, Bridies and Apple Pies.
Carol Smillie presented the awards to the winners saying: “I am always delighted to present these awards, meet so many faces old and new and of course all those delicious pies! These bakers and butchers consistently provide such high quality and the new faces tell me that the sector continues to thrive and prosper with more professionals than ever throwing their hats into the ring. Well done to all our winners.”
Scottish Bakers, the association which supports the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade, organises the annual competition to shine a light on the craft skills pie makers demonstrate day in and day out in producing Scotland’s iconic Scotch Pies, football pies, macaroni pies and many many more.