Morecambe Football Club has been named Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards 2014.
The Lancashire club took the title with its Bramley apple pie, having also claimed first place in the football pie category for its chicken, ham & leek entry.
This is the second time Morecambe FC has been crowned Supreme Champion, having also won in 2011.
Graham Amison, head chef at Morecambe FC, said: "I am absolutely ecstatic with the class champion wins for our pies today but to be named overall Supreme Champion again is just amazing. We are incredibly proud of the quality of our pies and work hard to make sure what comes out of our kitchen taste great and is of the best quality.”
Judging was held at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire on 30 April, with 825 entries across 19 classes tested. Criteria for success included appearance, texture and flavour for both pastry and filling. The winners from each class then went on to compete to be crowned Supreme Champion.
Led by chairman Ian Nelson of Hovis Ltd, the judging panel included national food writers Charles Campion, Xanthe Clay and Felicity Cloake and TV chefs Andy Bates and Rachel Green.
Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, said: “The competition was tougher than ever this year which makes Morecambe FC’s achievement all the more impressive. It was fantastic to bring together so many people and producers with a passion for pies, quality ingredients and great British food.”
Other winners at the awards included The Outdoor Pig Company, Worcestershire in the pork pie category, the Great North Pie Company, Stockport in the lamb category, Walker & Son, Leicester in the savoury pie category, and Boghall Butchers, Bathgate in the vegetarian pie category.
A full list of the winners can be found at www.britishpieawards.co.uk