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World Scotch Pie champion named
Scotch pie
The humble Scotch pie has its own world championship
A butcher from Bathgate has joined the culinary upper crust after being crowned World Scotch Pie Champion.

Paul Boyle, 48, used a recipe from his father William which has been used in the produce at his shop in the town's Boghall district for 30 years.

Mr Boyle triumphed at only his second attempt and becomes only the second butcher in the six-year history of the event to win the coveted title.

The title was awarded at an awards dinner at Dunfermline Football Club.

A panel of expert judges from organisers, the Scotch Pie Club, tasted the entries a fortnight ago at the town's Lauder College.

The prestigious giant wooden pie trophy was presented to Mr Boyle by ex-Pars manager Jim Leishman on Tuesday afternoon at the event in East End Park.

I've won awards as a chef before but this is a dream come true for me
Paul Boyle
World Scotch Pie Champion

On picking up his award, the new champion said: "When they read out my name I started shaking and this is a wonderful thing to win.

"I've won awards as a chef before but this is a dream come true for me.

"My father always said that you have to pay strict attention to detail and I made sure I did that this time.

"We sell 20 dozen pies a day from the shop and my customers give me jip if I get anything wrong.

"That's why I was confident the pies could do well if I paid attention to detail and to win this is brilliant."

At the same ceremony, Archie Paterson, of Nevis Bakery in Fort William, was named Savoury Maker of the Year thanks to a gold award for his Scotch pies, a second runner-up spot for his bridies and a diamond award for his savoury products.

Record numbers

This year's event was deemed a success with a record 67 entries helping to increase the profile and sales of Scotch pies across the UK.

The only disappointment for organiser and Scotch Pie Club founder Alan Stuart, a Buckhaven baker and butcher, was the lack of entries from Scotland's two major cities.

Only five entrants came out of Glasgow, with a solitary pie from Edinburgh.

An otherwise happy Mr Stuart said: "I'm absolutely delighted at the record entry and the response we've received apart from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

"We even had an entry from Orkney for the first time and Kirkwall butcher Ewan Donaldson found a way of getting his pies to Dunfermline for the judging.

"Surely this throws down the gauntlet to the pie makers from the two major cities and it also throws down the gauntlet from bakers to get the title back.

"The two major cities were a real disappointment, particularly Edinburgh."


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