CULINARY delights of butchers and bakers from across Scotland have faced scrutiny today during the judging of the World Scotch Pie Championships.
Singing the praises of the Scottish produce was former Bay City Rollers front man Les McKeown, who took on the role of guest judge alongside experts in Dunfermline, Fife, as they rated more than 500 items.
The Scots rocker said: “It’s been fun but it’s also a responsibility because it’s quite a high accolade to be awarded.
“I’m proud to be part of helping to promote the world Scotch Pie Championships and the hard work that the bakers and the butchers put in to provide us with good-quality products every day of their lives, and I’m very proud that I’m in Scotland doing it.
“That was part of the Bay City Rollers’ history as well, we were very proud to be promoting tartan all over the world and so I’m proud to be doing this too.”
Best Scotch pie in world
The competition, now in its 15th year, will culminate with the naming next year of the maker of the best Scotch pie in the world.
Competitors were also invited to enter their best sausage rolls, bridies, speciality savouries and football pies to compete for the top spots in a variety of award categories.
For the first time since the start of the competition, an apple pie category has been created.
The competition, run by the Scotch Pie Club, aims to show that bakers and butchers create high-quality artisan pastry products.
Organisers hope that recognising the best in their field rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.
The competition winners will be announced in January.