A and G Collie Butchers Shop of Kemnay has been shortlisted to win a prize at the Scotch Pie Club Awards 2013.
The competition was hot this year with a record 500 pies, pastries, sausage rolls, bridies and savouries entered by more than 100 bakers and butchers across Scotland. For the first time, the Scotch Pie Club opened the competition to the makers of football pies with many of the top clubs represented alongside smaller, more local clubs and even junior teams.
Head Judge Robert Ross said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how many products we had to consider but thankfully the judges were up to the job and we managed to sniff, squeeze and taste all the entries to ensure that only the best of the best will be awarded prizes. We were delighted with the overall quality of the entries and we even had our taste-buds challenged with one bakers’ take on surf and turf, a “snail and prawn pie.”
This year, a special judge joined the judging panel. Jim Leishman, former Dunfermline Athletic football manager and Provost of Fife took up the mantle of judging the football pie category for the first time, along with sports reporters and fans.
Jim said: “I had a great time and got to taste some of the best pies in the land. The football pie has come a long way and today it is an integral part of fan’s enjoyment of the game. I am delighted that the football pie is finally getting the recognition it deserves.”
The World Scotch Pie Championships provides bakers and butchers 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 in January 2013.
Alan Stuart, competition founder, said: “Judging day for the 14th World Scotch Pie Championships was our busiest ever and the standard was higher than ever too. We have a huge number of hard working bakers and butchers who deserve recognition for delivering great products day in and day out. I am confident that the judges have made the right decisions today and I look forward to announcing the winners early next year.”
It has also been announced that A and G Collie Butchers are one of four finalists in the Butcher category of the Countryside Alliance ‘Rural Oscars’.