Scottish Bakers, the trade association that supports the bakery trade in Scotland and which each year brings you The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards, is delighted to be able to announce that the competition will run this year, but with a slightly different format for 2021 only!
Each year, the title is hard fought by butchers and bakers throughout Scotland and beyond but with COVID restrictions currently preventing gatherings, the 2021 competition will be a little different.
"Restrictions in place to combat COVID mean that our annual November judging day was not possible and neither was the awards lunch in January," said Scottish Bakers Chief Executive, Alasdair Smith. "So, we have taken the decision to run the competition, but with some changes for this year to ensure the Awards retain their place in the annual calendar.
"We will be inviting all previous World Scotch Pie Champions to enter their winning Scotch Pie into a 2021 Champions of Champions competition. They will be asked to submit their pies for a socially distanced judging with head judge Ian Nelson plus Paul Long from our partner Sponsor BAKO North Western Group. Judging will be blind as always and an independent auditor will be on hand to oversee proceedings to ensure fairness all round."
Judging will take place on 12 January 2021 with the Champion of Champions being announced on the 19 January, although everything is subject to possible change based on future changes to COVID measures.
The competition is delighted to have the support of Scottish Craft Butchers on this unique Champion of Champions. Scottish Craft Butchers Executive Manager Gordon King said, "Scottish Craft Butchers are delighted to support the champion of champions scotch pie evaluation. In these difficult times it is more important than ever to recognise the traditional skills and hard work that goes in to develop and produce a truly iconic Scottish product. We look forward to seeing the past champions of butchers, bakers and all pie makers, do battle to see who will be crowed the best of the best. Good luck to all the entrants"
"We hope you will join with us in wishing the past winners all the best in going head to head with each other to be crowned Champion of Champions for 2021", concluded Alasdair.
The competition, which has run for 22 years, highlights the fantastic pastry products that bakers and butchers create every day from the humblest of ingredients. Recognising the best in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.
The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards was launched in 1999 by proud butcher and baker Alan Stuart with an aim to focus on quality and innovation. Since then the competition has gone from strength to strength seeing hundreds of Butchers and Bakers compete with each other to win the coveted title – World Champion Scotch Pie