Airdrie bakery JB Christie has taken the 2013 World Scotch Pie Champion in the 14th annual awards.

The Little Bakery of Dumfries was named first runner-up, while second runner-up was Denholm Bakers of Wishaw.

More than 100 butchers and bakers entered around 500 pies, pasties, sausage rolls, bridies and savouries into the competition.

Andrew Chisholm from JB Christie, which also picked up a gold award for its speciality onion pie in the Hot Savoury category, said: “Words cannot express how delighted we are to have been given the ultimate accolade, and to be able to call our pie the World Champion, as judged by a panel of experts, is just fantastic.

“I only bought the business a few months ago, so this award is a testament to the JB Christie’s team who are the best in the land. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to selling more of our winning pies than ever.”

Robert Ross, head judge, added: “The competition, which has run for 14 years, aims to highlight that bakers and butchers create high-quality artisan pastry products. Recognising the ‘great and the good’ in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.”