The entries for the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships have opened, with butchers and bakers getting ready to battle it out for the top spot.

Currently held by The Kandy Bar bakery of Saltcoats, the title will be announced on Tuesday 11 November in Dunfermline.

Bakers can also enter their best sausage rolls, bridies, speciality savouries, Scottish football pie and apple pie to be judged in the competition.

Stephen McAllister, owner of The Kandy Bar bakery, said: “I was delighted to have been given the ultimate accolade and for nearly a year now we have been able to call our pie the best in the world.

“This award was proof that The Kandy Bar team are the best in the land and sales have shown huge growth through the year. It has been a great result for my business.”

Robert Ross, industry professional and head judge of the competition, said: “We are delighted to be launching the 16th World Scotch Pie Championships.  We have a huge number of hard-working butchers and bakers who deserve recognition for delivering great products day in and day out.

“I am looking forward to sampling for myself some of the best products on the market today and to overseeing who the judges pick out as having produced something that I know will be world-class.”

The winner of the Scotch Pie category will be declared “world champion”.

The competition is supported by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders.