Supreme champion of the British Pie Awards revealed

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A Top Rump Steak & Stilton Pie made by family bakery Turner’s Pies has been crowned supreme champion at the 12th annual British Pie Awards.

It beat nearly 900 pies – entered by 160 professional bakers, butchers and chefs from across the UK – in 23 classes (see full list below) to claim the ultimate accolade and marks a “return to tradition” after a vegan pie was controversially crowned the winner last year.

Among this year’s entries were some unusual offerings including Squirrel Pie, Duck with Black Cherries & Kirsch Pie, Venison with Chinese Dried Kumquats Pie and Vegan Haggis Pie.

The awards mark the crescendo of British Pie Week, which has seen activity from a pie-markers across the country as well as a number of trends highlighted.

“The pastry had an even thickness, with a crunchy rich texture. The filling was well balanced between meat and cheese which gave a subtle taste and the meat, though tender, still having ‘bite’. Overall a cracking pie,” said chief judge Colin Woodhead of the Supreme Champion.

West Sussex-based Turner’s Pies, which previously topped the awards in 2018, also won Class Champion in the Beef & Cheese Pie Class, picking up a full baker’s dozen of awards in total this year.

“Besides winning the Supreme Champion - or ‘Pie of Pies’ - title, Turner’s also won three Highly Commended Awards, three Golds, four Silvers and two Bronzes. With their record, they are undisputedly Britain’s Best Pie Maker,” added awards organiser Dr Matthew O’Callaghan.

Here are the full list of class champions:

Melton Mowbray Pork Pie: M&S Handcrafted Large Melton Mowbray Pork Pie 440g, Walker & Son

Pork Pie: Walkers Fluted 440g Pork Pie, Walker & Son

Cold-Eating Savoury Pie Class: Pork & Black Pudding Pie, Dales Traditional Butchers Ltd

Pasty: West Cornwall Pasty Co. Cheese & Spinach, West Cornwall Pasty Company

Dessert Pie (including Bramley Apple Pie): Bramley Apple Pie, Morecambe FC

Steak and Kidney Pie: Steak and Kidney Pie, Jarvis Pickle

Beef & Any Flavour Combination Pie: Steak and Onion Pie, Yorkshire Pie Bakery

Beef & Ale Pie: Beef & Salcombe Brewery Riptide Ale, Passion For Pie

Beef & Cheese Pie: Turner's Steak & Stilton Pie, Turner's Pies Ltd

Meat & Potato Pie: Meat & Potato Pie, The Custodial Pie Corporation

Lamb Pie: Pepper's Cottage Bakery Minted Lamb Pie, Pepper's Cottage Bakery

Chicken Pie: Chicken & Ham Hock Pie with Crème Fraiche & White Wine, Higgidy

Chicken & Vegetable / Herb Pie: The West Mill Chicken and Leek Pie, The West Mill Kitchen ltd

Chicken With Other Meat Pie: Chicken & Ham Hock Pie, Nice Pie

Speciality Meat & Game Pie: Homemade Venison, Stout & Chestnut Pie, Truly Traceable Venison & Game Pies

Hot-Eating Savoury Pie: Cheese and Onion, Piemezzanae

Fish Pie Class: Nice Fish Pie, Nice Pie

Vegetarian Pie: Thomas' Cauliflower Cheese Pie, Thomas The Caterer

Vegan Pie: Squash, Spinach & Feta (Vegan) Pie, MUD Foods

Pub Pie Class: The Woodmans Arms Salmon, Cod, Smoked Haddock and Prawn Pie, We Are Never Limited

Sports Pie: Lamb and Vegetable, Morecambe FC

Fish & Chip Shop Pie: Chicken, Leek and Ham Pie, The Cods Scallops

Free From: Mad K Goats Cheese, Spinach and Sweet Potato Pie, Mad K Ltd T/A Mum & Dad's Kitchen

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