J G Ross make World Scotch Pie of Year final

Judging underway at the World Scotach Pie Championships
Judging underway at the World Scotach Pie Championships

Local, award winning craft baker J G Ross Ltd of Inverurie, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the World Scotch Pie Championships.

More than 100 entrants from across Scotland submitted over 600 items for judging and have been whittled down to the 10 finalists: J G Ross (Bakers) Ltd, Inverurie; Chalmers, Bakery Ltd, Bucksburn; The Hame Bakery, Peterhead; Bert Fowlie, Strichen; Bruce of the Broch, Fraserburgh;

Nicolls Rosebank Bakery, Dundee; Scott Brothers, Dundee; Goodfellows of Dundee; Grainstatus Ltd T/A JM Bakery, Carnoustie; and Keptie Bakery, Letham.

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 led a 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: “I was honoured to once again be asked to join the panel of judges for this iconic competition. The overall standard was excellent and I was astounded by the quality of the various products that were entered. The Scotch Pie is my favourite and I now know that that I have tasted the world Champion pie for a second year in a row.”

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 will be announced in January next year.