Eyes on the pies
Butchers shortlisted for world title
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