Les McKeown to help find world’s best scotch pies

Bakers will deliver their best products into the hands of the judges of the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships, which are taking place  in Dunfermline. Picture: TSPL
Bakers will deliver their best products into the hands of the judges of the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships, which are taking place in Dunfermline. Picture: TSPL
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SCOTLAND’S top bakers will be arriving in force to Fife tomorrow as the World Scotch Pie Championships take place.

Bakers will deliver their best products into the hands of the judges of the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships, which are taking place at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.

Ex-Bay City Roller Les McKeown will help to judge. Picture: TSPL

Ex-Bay City Roller Les McKeown will help to judge. Picture: TSPL

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This year’s competition, run by the Scotch Pie Club, will see some 100 butchers and bakers from Shetland to Stranraer deliver their pies, pasties and bridies and they will battle it out for pie supremacy.

In addition to Scotch pies, contestants will be entering their best sausage rolls, speciality savouries, Scottish football pie, apple pies and savouries.

Bay City Roller front-man Les McKeown will take up the difficult task as pie tester.

Les said: “I was honoured to be asked to join the panel of judges for this iconic competition.

“I believe I will be taking on the Scotch Pie category this year and the stakes are high. So in this category in particular we are looking for something really special that stands out from the crowd.”

With his birthday on November 12, Les is in for a wee treat on the day as the current world champ, The Kandy Bar of Saltcoats have baked a special cake in his honour.

Stephen McAllister from The Kandy Bar of Saltcoats, 2014’s winner, said: “I was delighted when we were announced as the winner and to have been able to call our Scotch Pies the world champion as judged by a panel of experts has made a huge and positive impact on our business in the last year.

“The award was proof that The Kandy Bar team are the best in the land and we have gone from strength to strength.”

World Scotch Pie Championships 2013

The World Scotch Pie Championships provides butchers and bakers across Scotland with the opportunity to become recognised as producing the highest quality savoury products with awards given to those producing the best products in each category.

The winner of the Scotch Pie category will be declared as the world champion in January 2015.

The competition, which has run for 16 years, aims to highlight bakers and butchers that create top quality artisan pastry products.

It is designed to both reward excellence and challenge the industry to raise the bar, and is supported by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders.

Both trade associations actively support and promote bakers and butchers in Scotland by encouraging and sharing best practise.

The competition is sponsored by wholesaler to the food industry, Bako Northern and Scotland.

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