A pasty created by Cumbrian food producer Burbush’s has come second in the British Pie Awards on the 1st May 2014.
The pie is one of the icons of British cuisine. Savoury or sweet, the British eat millions of them every year. The British Pie awards are a national celebration of British Pies in all their varieties and have been running since 2009. 19 classes of pies are entered ranging from the Pork Pie, to Cornish Pasties, fruit pies and in 2014 a special category for a ‘pie fit for a hero’ to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War One was added.
Martyn Reynolds of Burbush’s, based in Penrith sent several pies down to award headquarters, where they were tasted by around 100 judges on 30th April. The awards ceremony was held the following day in Melton Mowbray and hosted by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association. The producers of the top three pies in each class were invited to attend where the winners were announced in front of fellow pie makers, sponsors and the media.
“We sent a variety of pies down to the awards and waited on tenterhooks on Wednesday as the pies were judged. We then got a call on Wednesday evening to say we had been shortlisted in the Pasty category. We then had to get down to Melton Mowbray on Thursday to find out if we had won, so it was all a bit of a blur and happened really quickly. We were delighted to come second in this category as we really didn’t expect to even get shortlisted!”
The aims of the British Pie Awards is to celebrate the heritage of the British pie, to protect and promote regional specialities, to recognise the craft of bakers, butchers and other producers and to support British produce.
Burbush’s of Penrith Ltd is a family run business with over 25 years experience. All their pies, pasties, pates and fruit pies are made by hand, using locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. The current owners Martyn and Melanie Reynolds bought the company in 2005 and supply their handmade, award winning pies throughout the UK.