Entries are open for the sixth World Pasty Championships, which will be held at the Eden Project in Cornwall on 4 March next year.
Contestants can now register for the competition in categories including amateur, professional, junior, and company for both Cornish and non-Cornish pasties. There is also a new category for gluten-free pasties, open only to amateurs.
Four bakers from the US and Canada have said they will be taking part in March 2017.
Gerry and Marlee Ramier from the Piskie Pie Company in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada, are making their first trip to the championships. The couple recently opened their shop just around the corner from Niagara Falls.
Gerry Ramier said: “I grew up making Cornish pasties with my mum and gran, starting as early as I remember. I loved being in the kitchen with them, soaking up all their skills, so Marlee and I decided we needed to spread true pasty love to the beautiful Niagara region, which we are lucky enough to call home.”
Also making his World Pasty Championships debut in 2017 is Mike ‘The Pasty’ Burgess, who runs The Pure Pasty Co in Vienna, Virginia. British-born Burgess, who sells 1,500 pasties a week and supplies the British Embassy in Washington DC, said: “I love Cornwall and used to spend family vacations there when we were younger.
“When I decided to start this business I came to Cornwall to do all my research and learn from the best pasty shops. I’m particularly grateful to Chough Bakery in Padstow, which took me in for a day to show me how to crimp.”
Chairman Jason Jobling said: “It’s great to see more international entries come in. We all know that wherever the Cornish went overseas, they took their pasty-making skills with them.”