The sponsor of the Wishaw Press’ weekly Butcher Boy competition has made the shortlist of the annual World Championship Scotch Pie Awards.
James Chapman (Butchers) Ltd was shortlisted following the 22nd annual judging day held earlier this month when over 70 butchers and bakers delivered more than 400 of the nation’s best pies for judging by over 50 experts in their field.
Under the watchful eye of Head Judge Ian Nelson, each entry was carefully assessed for its appearance, consistency and of course taste. The judges selected a series of ‘best in category’ pies including the 2022 World Champion Scotch Pie, although for this ultimate category there is still one final stage, a ‘mystery shop’, to determine the winner and ensure the Scotch Pie entered into the awards is exactly the same pie that is sold day in and day out to happy customers.
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As always, the judges were looking for pie perfection across entrants in 11 categories; Scotch Pie, Football Pies & Savouries, Macaroni Pie, Steak Pie, Sausage Roll, Cold Savoury, Hot Savoury, Vegetarian Savoury, Haggis Savoury, Bridie and Apple Pies and the winner will be announced at a prestigious lunch on January 18 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld hosted by Carole Smillie.
Scottish Bakers run the competition on behalf of bakery and butchery trades.
Chief Executive Alasdair Smith said: “Announcing the shortlist is such a momentous moment as it’s the first inkling our entrants get that their pies have been judged to be the best of a very good field, so it is with great pleasure that we can announce that James Chapman (Butchers) Ltd has made it through.
“We took delivery of over 400 entries this year, so to be on the shortlist is a huge achievement. And for me it’s great to be recognising products which have been lovingly made from scratch from locally sourced ingredients, freshly made daily by skilled craftspeople. Roll on the 18th!”
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