It was not the year of the baker this year, as butcher John G Renicks from Dumfries & Galloway took the title of World Scotch Pie Champion at the awards announcement yesterday (5 January).

The winner was crowned at a special awards lunch at the Carnegie College, Dunfermline, Fife, following the judging in mid-November last year.

Second place went to Edenmill Farm Shop from Blanefield, near Stirling, and third place was awarded to Borders bakers, Alex Dalgetty and Sons from Galashiels.

The Championships saw record entries this year, with an increasing number of bakers entering the various categories, which included: sausage rolls, bridies, steak, vegetarian and fish pies.

Tom Courts Quality Foods of Cowdenbeath came top in the bridie category, with Nicholl’s Rosebank Bakery picking up a gold award in that category.

In the sausage rolls category, bakers Thomas Auld and Sons, and William Stephens picked up gold awards, while first-time entrant Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery was announced runner-up in the Hot Savoury category, beaten by MacDonald Brothers of Pitlochry.

Bakers dominated the Vegetarian Savoury category, with Nevis Bakery of Fort William crowned winner, and MacLean’s Highland Bakery, Forres, second and winner of the gold award.

Last year’s winner was Maurice Irvine, fourth-generation baker of Irvine’s of Beith in Ayrshire.

A full list of the winners and runners-up will be available from shortly.