...and while we’re talk­ing about steak and kid­ney

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - EXCLUSIVE -

A BUTCHER from Ed­in­burgh has been crowned Scot­land’s best steak pie maker.

James An­der­son’s pies im­pressed the judges with the right “steak to gravy ra­tio” and the per­fect crumbly crust.

More than 250 pies from all over the coun­try were put to the test be­fore the win­ner was crowned at the Scot­tish Craft Butch­ers Awards.

Judg­ing cri­te­ria in­cluded the ap­pear­ance, bak­ing uni­for­mity, pas­try, fill­ing and steak qual­ity, and the gravy.

James An­der­son Butch­ers from Leith had al­ready been crowned win­ners of the South East Scot­land re­gion and beat off com­pe­ti­tion from four other re­gional win­ners to win the na­tional cham­pi­onship for 2017.

John Hen­der­son, of James An­der­son Butch­ers, said: “I have never changed the recipe, the gravy mix or the cook­ing method.

“It is the first time we have en­tered any com­pe­ti­tion. I am de­lighted and par­tic­u­larly de­lighted for the staff who have done the job prop­erly.”

The event, which was or­gan­ised by the Scot­tish Fed­er­a­tion of Meat Traders, was de­cided by a “sen­sory panel” at the Univer­sity of Aber­tay.

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