Morecambe FC’s pies still the best in football

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MORECAMBE FC have once again won the award for the best pie in football at the British Pie Awards held in Melton yesterday, Wednesday.

The Shrimps’ winning pie was among a record number of 900 pies created by professional bakers and butchers at this year’s event organised and hosted by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association.

It is the second year in a row the Shrimps have picked up the award.

The club won four awards in total as they also scooped awards for the Other meat pie (hot), Vegetarian pie (hot), and the Small Producer Award on a highly successful day for the club’s catering team.

The pies, submitted in 18 classes, underwent a stringent judging process by 93 food experts and celebrity chefs led by Andrew Chisholm.

The panel, which included top food critic Charles Campion, food writer Xanthe Clay and TV chefs Rachel Green and Phil Vickery, scored the pies on a range of criteria including appearance and texture and taste of pastry and filling.

Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, said: “Pies are one of our nation’s favourite traditional foods and we organise this event to celebrate the quality and heritage of these iconic products.

“This year’s event was a resounding success and yet again we were impressed with the high quality of the pies entered by passionate pie-makers. Our judges, who faced the difficult task of choosing the winning pie out of 900 entries, did a superb job.

“It’s fantastic to see that the value of these awards is recognised not only by large pie-makers but also by small producers who submitted over 70 per cent of entries.”