Baker is crust above with five pie awards

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS -

ACHEF who earns his crust mak­ing de­li­cious pies has cooked up FIVE prizes in a na­tional pie com­pe­ti­tion.

Mark Wilkinson, who owns the Trea­cle Town Pie Com­pany, based on Char­lotte Street, Mac­cles­field, has scooped four sil­ver awards and one bronze at the Bri­tish Pie Awards in Mel­ton Mow­bray.

The 40-year-old got sil­ver for his veni­son and red wine; steak, Guin­ness and Cheshire blue cheese; chicken, pancetta and lemon thyme; and minced beef and onion pies, as well as a bronze for his but­ter­nut squash and veg­etable.

Mark who es­ti­mates he cooks be­tween 800 and 1,000 pies each week on av­er­age, said: “To get one award is great, five is amaz­ing and very rare.

“It’s like a Miche­lin star for pies. I am re­ally chuffed.”

The lat­est awards add to the two bronze he got in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion and the gold award he won in 2014.

This year’s event, which is or­gan­ised and hosted by the Mel­ton Mow­bray Pork Pie As­so­ci­a­tion, fea­tured more than 1,000 en­tries from bak­ers and butch­ers.

Mark set up his com­pany in 2009 af­ter years work­ing as a chef in the ho­tel busi­ness.

●● Mark Wilkinson with some of his pies

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