Pie is apple of judges’ eyes

Head chef Graham Aimson with some of the award winning pies.
Head chef Graham Aimson with some of the award winning pies.

Morecambe FC had another strong showing at the British Pie Awards – despite losing the crown of best pie in football.

Head chef Graham Aimson and his team won the Bramley Apple Pie category but missed out on the soccer gong which they’ve won for the last two years, at the pie Oscars in Melton Mowbray last week.

Their winning treat this year is the work of club pastry chef Jackie Simpson.

Piglets Pantry, who supply Brighton and Hove Albion, took the Shrimps’ football prize which they won in 2011 and 2012.

Graham’s entry was The Visitor competition-winning lamb and mint crusty creation, the newest addition to the Globe Arena range.

The club did however also come third in the dessert pie category with its tasty rhubarb and ginger pie.

Graham said: “We’ve worked our way up the rankings in the apple pie category and after finishing second last year I’m very happy with the result.

“We’re just waiting to hear whether we’ve won some medals as well.

“Even if our pies haven’t made the top three they can also win gold, silver and bronze.

“Our winning run in the football category couldn’t last forever, and you can’t win everything. It gets boring if you win everything!”

The club’s chicken, ham and leek and leek pie has also been crowned Supreme Champion at the awards in the past.

The winners this year were announced at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray last Thursday.

Judges included TV chef Rachel Green, London Evening Standard food writer Charles Campion and BBC cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew.