A butcher has pipped a baker to the World Scotch Pie Championship post, as Murdoch Brothers Butchers was announced the winner of the 11th annual contest.

Highest-placed baker in the Scotch Pie category was Airdrie-based Bon Bon Cake Shop, which achieved Gold 2nd Runner-Up.

A record entry of 85 butchers and bakers – 84 of them from Scotland – were represented in the secret judging, which was held at Carnegie College earlier this month. Alongside the Scotch Pie competition, there were seven other categories to enter.

The winning bakery businesses included Nicoll’s Rosebank Bakery in Dundee, which won the Diamond award in the Bridies category. Nevis Bakery in Corpach won the Savouries Vegetarian category for its vegetarian haggis, neeps (turnips) & tattie pie.

Kassy’s Kitchen in Cowdenbeath claimed the Diamond award for the Savouries Hot category with its roast lamb & mint sauce pie. The Diamond award for hand-held steak pies went to Stuarts of Buckhaven; and Charmers Bakery in Bucksburn won the Savouries Cold category with its black pudding & apple pie.

Winning butcheries were Fraserburgh-based Bruce of the Broch, which came top in the Savouries Fish category with its Smoked Haddock Pie; and T Johnston in Dunfermline took the title for the top Sausage Roll.

“The objective is to raise standards in the industry and we believe we have achieved that,” commented event organiser Alan Stuart of bakery and butchery business Stuarts of Buckhaven. “We are also encouraged to see a number of new entrants, 15 in total.”