Monthly Archives: April 2012

British Pie Awards 2012

The British Pie Awards 2012

A pub pie created by Dunkleys, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, has been crowned the Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards held in Melton Mowbray on Wednesday 25th April.

The winning pie was among a record number of 900 pies created by professional bakers and butchers at this year’s event organised and hosted by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association and held in St Mary’s Church.

The pies, submitted in 18 classes, underwent a stringent judging process by 93 food experts and celebrity chefs led by Andrew Chisholm. The panel, which included top food critic Charles Campion and food writer Xanthe Clay, TV chefs Rachel Green and Phil Vickery, scored the pies on a range of criteria including appearance and texture and taste of pastry and filling.


Dunkleys’ winning pub pie contains chicken, ham, mushroom and buttered leeks encased in a suet pastry. Producer of the winning pie Mark Beeston, who is Dunkleys’ pie ambassador, received a trophy and a £1,000 prize.

He said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that our pub pie has been crowned the Supreme Champion at these highly prestigious and creditable awards.

“We don’t compromise on the quality of the pies which we have been making with care and passion for 60 years and to win against so many excellent bakers is an absolute joy!”

Matthew O’Callaghan, Chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, added: “Pies are one of our nation’s favourite traditional foods and we organise this event to celebrate the quality and heritage of these iconic products.

The traditional Pork Pie - always my favourite though I am a bit partial to a nice Gala Pie.

“This year’s event was a resounding success and yet again we were impressed with the high quality of the pies entered by passionate pie-makers. Our judges, who faced the difficult task of choosing the winning pie out of 900 entries, did a superb job.

“It’s fantastic to see that the value of these awards is recognised not only by large pie-makers but also by small producers who submitted over 70 per cent of entries.”

The full list of category winners were:

  • Melton Mowbray Pork Pie (cold) – Walker & Son
  • Pork Pie (cold) – Walker & Son
  • Steak and Kidney Pie (hot) – Pieminister
  • Beef and any flavour combination (hot) – Rose Cottages Pies
  • Beef and Ale Pie (hot) – Brocklebys
  • Lamb Pie (hot) – Robert Bowring Farmer & Butchers
  • Chicken and any flavour (hot) – Pieminister
  • Other Meat Pie (hot) – Morecambe FC
  • Savoury Pie (cold) – Stuart Smith & Sons Butchers
  • Fish Pie (hot) – Great Walshingham Barns Cafe
  • Vegetarian Pie (hot) – Morecambe FC
  • Cornish Pasty (cold) – Chough Bakery
  • Other Pasty (cold) – Chough Bakery
  • Dessert Pie (cold) – Kensey Foods
  • Pub Pie (hot) – Dunkleys
  • Football Pie (hot) – Morecambe FC
  • Celebration Pie (hot/cold) – Dunkleys
  • Bramley Apple Pie (cold) – Kensey Foods
  • Supreme Champion 2012 – Dunkleys
  • Small Producer Award – Morecambe FC

It is good to see the Shrimpers coming out on top again.

Winner (again) of the Football Pie - Morecambe FC - back o' the net

Charlie the butcher


Chick Bits – Sri Lanka

Sorry about the recent lack of posts but I’ve been away in Sri Lanka taking in a bit of cricket.  The trip was terrific apart from the result in Galle.

I had a bit of my usual hunt around for meat related things but as you probably know, like South India, much of the food is vegetarian with an additional abundance of Indian Ocean seafood. I did find these Chick Bits …. I’m not sure which chick or which of its bits have been used.


We were also woken most mornings by what sounded like an ice cream van … but it turned out to be one of these patio-based tuk tuks selling the most amazing fresh bread and various treats.



Charlie the Butcher