THREE businesses from the local area won awards in the recent annual Scotch Pie Club World Championship and Savoury Product Evaluation.
J.M. Bakery of Carnoustie won gold in the fish pie category with an Arbroath Smokie quiche and bronze for their sausage rolls when the awards were handed out in Dunfermline on Thursday.
Goodfellow and Steven in Broughty Ferry won gold with their ‘Mediterranean Melt’ in the vegetarian savoury section.
And Arbroath butcher Robertsons of Fisheracre received a bronze award for their bridies.
Overall, 400 entries submitted by butchers and bakers from throughout Scotland and Northern England, were entered in all categories.
They were judged at the end of last year by a hand-picked panel of industry experts at Carnegie College.
A delighted Mark Robb of J.M. Bakery said: “This is the first time I have entered the competition. I was hoping that I might have won a prize for something with a strong local connection but this exceeded expectations. We sell our Smokie quiche in all the shops and it is a very popular line.”
J.M. Bakery has recently opened a branch in Arbroath High Street.
Martin Goodfellow of Goodfellow and Steven said: “We have entered the competition now for several years and have won awards for various products such as bridies, sausage rolls and macaroni pies.
“The product which we got the gold for in their year’s event we almost didn’t enter.
“It is a ‘Mediterranean Melt’, comprising a square puff pastry base with pesto, roasted red peppers, goat cheese, sun blushed tomatoes and olives.
“When it came to sampling it in a development meeting in November shortly before the Scotch Pie competition it proved to be a huge hit, which was why we submitted it as an entry.
“We made the decision to launch it after Easter, although its success at the competition may mean we’ll launch it sooner.”
Steven Bennet of Robertson’s commented: “It is a great honour to have won this award for the second year in succession.
“It is a great achievement for the entire team at D.H. Robertson.”
Alan Stuart, of Stuart’s of Buckhaven, who organises the annual event, now it its 12th year, said: “We received 80 entries this year, 50 butchers and 30 bakers, and that is extremely encouraging given that we are in a recession. “This also shows the power of this competition which was conceived to raise standards in the industry. We have certainly done that. I am sure that this success will come as no surprise to Robertsons’ customers but the business can be proud of this endorsement of their bridies.”