Pie’s the limit for taste champions

The tastiest traditional pork pies in East Yorkshire were picked by judges at The Spa Bridlington.

On Saturday 12 July the East Yorkshire Pork Pie of the Year finalists gathered at the Gallery @ The Spa with two winners crowned the county’s best.

Judges Ed and John with competitors and readers who attended the event

Judges Ed and John with competitors and readers who attended the event

Margaret Shipley, 63, of Thornholme, scooped the prize in the homemade pie category while Tindalls of Driffield won best in the professional category.

On the judging panel was John Spence, executive chef at The Spa, along with Pocklington Post editor, Ed Asquith.

Mr Spence said: “The standard was fantastic. There was a great selection of pies and a big variety of styles. The winning individual entry is what a pie should look like, with nice colour and good pastry. The business winner had a good appearance, with crunchy pastry. A very nice pie.”

Speaking after claiming the top pork pie trophy, Mrs Shipley said: “I am delighted to have won. I have always liked cooking even as a child. Being a farmer’s wife, he likes home cooking.”

She explained her top secret pork pie recipe was passed down to her by a cookery tutor at Bishop Burton College during a course 10 years ago.

“I hoped to win, but I didn’t expect it. I was very nervous waiting for them to try it,” said Mrs Shipley, who entered the competition after being encouraged by her family.

She said: “I like to work with food but I enjoy seeing the end result and seeing people enjoy what I do. I was a bit shell shocked but I was so excited to win. My daughter straight away put it on Facebook.”

Richard Hudson, baker at Tindalls, made the business’s winning pie and said: “We’re very pleased to have won. It was a traditional grey meat pie which we sell every day.

He said Tindalls sold 100 large pork pies on its first Christmas 19 years ago, which has now expanded into the thousands.

“They come from all over to get them, they have taken them to Europe and to Australia,” said Mr Hudson who added some people even order pork pies instead of a wedding cake.

He added: “It is the first competition we have entered. I’m hoping it will do good for the business. People always come in a say they are the best pies but this shows they are!”

Mr Asquith thanked the Spa Bridlington for hosting and helping to judge the contest. Our photographer Paul Atkinson went along to capture the day’s drama. See the Pocklington Post’s website for videos of the day at www.pocklingtonpost.co.uk