The culinary competition to become Britain’s 2012 Pub Pie Champion is heading for its climax – with just five chefs left in the running for the prestigious title.
Almost 120 pie recipes were received for the competition, which is an integral part of Jus-Rol’s British Pie Week – the annual celebration of licensed trade pie-making skills which comes to a climax next month, 5th-11th March.
The finalist recipes will now go on to be tasted by a panel of experts, which include the Craft Guild of Chef’s CEO, Martin Bates and current Pub Pie Champion, Craig Hennessey – the winner will be announced during British Pie Week.
John McKears, Foodservice Sales Manager from Jus-Rol, said: “I am always encouraged by the quality and diversity of the entries and the fresh approach to pie-making that is evident each year of the competition. It has highlighted once again the level of pie making skills and culinary imagination, that is on offer in Britain’s pubs and that is something we should all celebrate. I would like to congratulate everybody who participated this year and wish all the finalists the very best of luck in the final.”
The British Pie Week team received an unprecedented number of entries, almost double in comparison to last year. The five finalists, chosen on their originality, regionality, simplicity and consumer appeal are:
Will Winteringham; Derwent Arms, Osbaldwick, North Yorkshire (Pork, Wild Mushroom & Wholegrain Mustard Pie)
David Wardleworth; The Traders Arms, Mellor, Blackburn (Horn to Heel Pie)
Carol Haime; The Sandrock, Farnham, Surrey (Wheatley House Pheasant Pie)
Will Walne; Derby Arms, Chipping Lane, Preston (Woodplumpton Pie)
Karen Berg; Heron Inn, Truro, Cornwall (Rhubarb and Custard Pie)
The overall winner will receive a £500 cash prize, a personalised chef’s jacket, the coveted Jus-Rol British Pie Week trophy, and national and trade press coverage.
There is still time to get involved in British Pie Week through visiting the dedicated website www.britishpieweek.co.uk, which is packed full of easy to make pie recipes, practical hints & tips to create and promote a perfect pie menu. Caterers can also claim a free point-of-sale kit, which includes tent cards and limited-edition bunting^ from Jus-Rol Professional™.
JUS-ROL now has its own Facebook page! ‘Like’ them to keep up with JUS-ROL, get inspiration for baking and share tips with fellow pastry fans.
For more information on British Pie Week visit www.britishpieweek.co.uk.
For more information on Jus-Rol Professional call 0800 626 893 or visit www.jusrol.co.uk/professional.
Gemma Buckley-Roberts and Nick Clancy
Jellybean Creative Solutions, 4 Bridge Street, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8BZ
Tel: 01372 227 956 Fax: 01372 383 359