Butcher steaks claim at Scot­tish pie awards

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Ross Gardiner

A Blair­gowrie butcher’s pies have been deemed wor­thy of na­tional recog­ni­tion at the re­cent Scot­tish Craft Butch­ers Awards.

Ken­neth Al­lan Butch­ers won the gold award for their chicken and ham pie and the sil­ver award for their steak and ale pie.

The heats were held at Forth Val­ley Col­lege last month when more than 250 pies from through­out the coun­try were tested for ap­pear­ance, flavour, fill­ing and ap­peal.

The panel of judges in­cluded ex­perts, food writ­ers and in­ter­ested con­sumers and the event was or­gan­ised by the Scot­tish Fed­er­a­tion of Meat Traders in con­junc­tion with Lu­cas In­gre­di­ents and Wil­liam Sword Ltd.

Judith John­ston of Lu­cas In­gre­di­ents, spon­sors of the Steak Pie Eval­u­a­tion, said: “We know the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing tastes that ap­peal to the mod­ern con­sumer and events that con­stantly drive up stan­dards are cru­cial to this aim.

“These awards of­fer a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to see the en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm and skill our butch­ers have. Their com­mit­ment to pro­duc­ing top qual­ity meat prod­ucts points to a bright fu­ture for the in­dus­try.”

David Mooney, di­rect sales man­ager of Wil­liam Sword, said: “These awards are ex­tremely im­por­tant in the Scot­tish meat in­dus­try cal­en­dar, cel­e­brat­ing ex­cel­lence across the board.

“To re­ceive an award is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment as these win­ners rep­re­sent the up­per crust of the Scot­tish meat in­dus­try, which is tremen­dous given the high stan­dard of pro­duce across Scot­land as a whole.”

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