Eyes on the pies

Butch­ers short­listed for world ti­tle

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

A Mon­k­lands butcher has been short­listed for the world cham­pi­onship Scotch Pie awards.

Hugh Black & Sons, which has shops in Air­drie and Coat­bridge, will com­pete at the com­pe­ti­tion’s 20th fi­nals in Jan­uary.

The firm’s prod­ucts wowed a panel of more than 50 pro­fes­sional judges at a tast­ing event in Dun­fermline.

Each tasty treat was judged on its “ap­pear­ance, qual­ity, con­sis­tency and taste”.

Head judge Ian Nel­son said: “More than 80 butch­ers and bak­ers en­tered close to 500 of their best prod­ucts into 11 cat­e­gories this year and the com­pe­ti­tion has been fierce, so Hugh Black & Sons can be proud to have come this far.”

Alas­dair Smith, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Scot­tish Bak­ers, added: “The world cham­pi­onship Scotch Pie awards is the only com­pe­ti­tion of its kind recog­nis­ing ex­cel­lence in the prepa­ra­tion of a per­fect pie.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is now a reg­u­lar fix­ture on the cal­en­dar as butch­ers and bak­ers through­out the land vie for pie supremacy and the boost to their busi­ness that al­ways comes with such a sought af­ter ti­tle.”

Up­per crust Wil­lie Kemp (left) and Craig Black of Hugh Black & Sons

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