The 2019 British Pie Awards are open for entry with a new category specifically for fish and chip shops that make their own. Now in their 11th year, the awards celebrate the nation’s love of pies – a British culinary institution. Hot or cold, sweet or savoury, Brits eat around £1billion-worth of them every year.
This year there are 23 classes including pub, fish and vegetarian pie as well as the annual special themed class, which has been dedicated to the much-loved takeaway, fish and chips. Bringing two Great British classics together, the pie makers in this category can choose the fillings, pastry type and presentation. The final pie may be any shape and can weigh up to 600g. It must be commercially available in a fish and chip shop and will be judged hot.
Judging takes place on Wednesday 6th March in the pork pie capital of Melton Mowbray, with the awards being announced on Friday 8th March 2019 This year also sees the introduction of two new categories - Vegan Pie Class and Best Young Piemaker Award. Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association and host of the British Pie Awards, said: “Over the past 11 years we’ve judged over 8,000 pies, with the help of around 150 pie connoisseurs and culinary experts. Each pie is judged on presentation, consistency and, of course, flavour – it’s a very serious, albeit delicious, undertaking! “Every year we’re blown away by the creativity and quality that goes into reinventing, or perfecting, a national favourite. With the new Vegan Pie Class and Fish & Chip Shop Class, we expect this year will be equally exciting, if not more so.”
The 2018 awards saw over 950 pies entered from a record-breaking 185 bakers, butchers and chefs. Entry to the awards is now open by clicking here and will run until 5pm on Friday 15th February 2019.