Arbroath bakery’s pies are among the best

Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown says aye to a pie!
Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown says aye to a pie!

Arbroath bakery Pie Bobs has made the shortlist in the 15th World Scotch Pie Championships.

Scotland’s top butchers and bakers have been trimmed down by expert judges and Pie Bobs is one of the lucky few chosen.

This year’s competition, run by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders, attracted the highest ever number of products with more than 543 products being professionally judged.

In addition to Scotch pies, contestants entered their best sausage rolls, bridies, speciality savouries, Scottish football pie and other savouries. And for the first time in the history of the competition the judges have been able to indulge their sweeter nature with the addition of a new category – the best apple pie.

Head judge Robert Ross led a team of 50 judges comprised of professional judges and a small number of pie lovers at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline on Wednesday, November 13. He was also joined by a special judge Bay City Roller frontman Les McKeown.

Les said: “I was honoured to be asked to join the panel of judges for this iconic competition. The overall standard was excellent and I was astounded by the variety of products that were entered and just how serious the judges take the competition. The Scotch Pie is my favourite and I now know that that I have tasted the world champion pie.”

The World Scotch Pie Championships provides butchers and bakers across Scotland with the opportunity to become recognised as producing the highest quality savoury products with awards given to those producing the best products in each category. The winner of the Scotch Pie category will be declared as the World Champion at the awards ceremony on the 15th January 2014.

Head judge Robert Ross said: “Scotland is lucky to be home to some of the worlds most experienced and talented bakers and butchers. The World Scotch Pie Championship provides an opportunity for Scotland’s finest to showcase their skill. The competition, now in its 15th year, aims specifically to highlight those entrants that create world-class artisan products.”

Alan Clarke of Scottish Bakers, said: “This year has seen a particularly high standard of entries and the judges have had a challenge in front of them. This competition was designed to both reward excellence and raise the bar for standards in the industry – and year on year we continue to be impressed by the increased level of creativity and talent.”

The competition is sponsored by wholesaler to the food industry, Bako Northern and Scotland.