Vegan pie takes top spot at British Pie Awards

A vegan pie has been crowned Supreme Champion at the 11th annual British Pie Awards.

The Curried Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Vegan Pie, made by butcher Jon Thorner’s Ltd, beat more than 900 other pies from 176 producers to be named ‘Pie of Pies’ at the awards in Melton Mowbray this week.

The awards consisted of 23 classes that professional bakers, butchers and chefs could submit creations to; from a traditional Steak and Ale Pie Class to a Free From Pie and even a Pasty Class. Each class is awarded a Class Champion and Highly Commended runner’s up.

The Class Champions (see full list below) are then considered for overall Supreme Champion of the 2019 Awards.

Notably, the Vegan Pie Class was a new category for 2019 and received the second-highest number of entries with a total of 68 pies submitted.

“This year’s Supreme Champion was outstanding and well deserving of the accolade,” said Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the British Pie Awards.

“From its very appearance on the judging tray you knew it was going to do well and it didn’t disappoint when it was opened and tasted. This pie isn’t just for vegans, it’s a pie for everybody. With this award we can truly say veganism is now entering the mainstream of British food.”

The winning entry was commended by Head Judge Colin Woodhead for its moist and well-balanced filling. “There are a number of challenges to making a good vegan pie and this has cracked it. The pastry was exceptional with a crispness that complemented the filling,” he said.

Jon Thorner’s Ltd is a Somerset-based farm shop that opened in 1979 and has been baking hand crimped pies since 2005, priding itself on using locally sourced, high quality produce.

Here are the full list of Class Champions:

Supreme Champion 2019, sponsored by Howes Percival Solicitors LLP

Curried Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Pie, Jon Thorner’s Ltd  

Small Producer Award 2019, sponsored by Heygates Ltd

Jon Thorner’s Ltd 

Young Pie Maker Award 2019, sponsored by Kiwa

Charlie Sanders, 22, Delish, Cumbria

Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by The Melton Mowbray Building Society

Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie 454g, Walker & Son

Pork Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Shoulders & Son

Large Free Range Pork Pie, J W Mettrick & Son

Pork and Other Meat Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Sysonby Knoll Hotel & Restaurant

Chambers Pork and Chicken Pie with Cider Apple Stuffing, A E Chambers Ltd

Cold Eating Savoury Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Brooksby Melton College

Charcoal Ploughmans, A E Chambers

Steak & Kidney Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Foyle Food Group

Delish Steak and Kidney, Delish

Beef & Any Other Flavour Champion 2019, sponsored by Melton Mowbray Town Estate

Steak & Onion Pie, The Pork Shop 

Beef & Ale Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Scotch Beef PGI

Moo and Ale Pie, The Butcher and the Baker 

Beef & Cheese Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Rondo Limited

Turner’s Steak & Mature Cheddar Pie, Turner’s Pies Ltd 

Meat & Potato Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Golden Bake

Dartmoor Beef & Potato Pie, Passion For Pie

Lamb Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Scotch Lamb PGI

Lamb, Rosemary & Roasted Garlic Pie, FUUD Ltd

Chicken Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Chapman Associates

Humble Chicken, Brie & Cranberry Pie, Humble Sausage and Pie Company

Chicken & Vegetable/Herb Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Pin-it Pastry

Chicken, Leek & Tarragon, Pie Eyed

Chicken & Other Meat Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Melton Borough Council

Chicken, Ham & Mushroom Pie, The Crown Hawk Green

Speciality Meat & Game Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Taste of Game

Ox Cheek & Venison, Piebury Corner Ltd

Fish Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation

Salmon and Broccoli Pie, The Pie Kitchen 

Vegetarian Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by The Vegetarian Society

Spinach & Goat Cheese Pie, Jarvis Pickle

Vegan Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by The Vegan Owl

Curried Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Pie, Jon Thorner’s Ltd

Pasty Champion 2019, sponsored by Kiwa

Chunk of Devon Steak Pasty, Chunk of Devon 

Dessert Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Benton’s Estate Agents

Dark Cheery & Sweet Pastry Pie, Billington Foodservice 

Pub Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Nelsons For Cartons & Packaging

The Bell’s Bourguignon Pie, The Bell Pie Shop

Sports Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Melton Mowbray Company Ltd

Steak & Ale Pie, Morecombe FC

Fish & Chip Shop Pie Champion 2019, sponsored by Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association

Steak & Scale Ale, The Cods Scallops

Free From Champion 2019, sponsored by The Pastry Room

Gluten Free Dartmoor Steak & Stilton Pie , Passion for Pie

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