Huntly based J&I Smith Bakers has won a gold award at the 18th World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2017.
The company was presented with the best mince bridie by TV Personality and entrepreneur, Carol Smillie.
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A spokesperson said “we are delighted with our win and can go away with our heads held very high indeed. To have been judged as one of the best in the land against so many of our peers is a huge achievement.”
Awards presenter Carol Smillie said “I am delighted to have been asked to come along today and present the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards for a second time. Each and every butcher and baker here today knows they make something special so a confirmation of this kind is the real icing on the cake.”
Following the busiest judging day ever with some 100 butchers and bakers entering over 500 pies, pasties, sausage rolls, bridies, savouries and apple pies into the competition and with some 300 hopefuls attending the awards luncheon in Cumbernauld, all the butchers and bakers shortlisted can truly be proud to have produced some of the best products in the land.
“The competition, which has run for 18 years, aims to highlight that bakers and butchers create high quality pastry products. Recognising the “great and the good” in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry” says head judge Ian Nelson who oversaw the judging process to ensure only the best pies are recognised and that only the best of the best is crowned world champion.
Alan Clarke of Scottish Bakers, said “Once again we have brought together the best pies and baked goods in the land and today we can really celebrate the achievement of our hard working butchers and bakers. My heartfelt congratulations go to our winner, and indeed everyone today taking away a prize, they are all winners in my book.”