Coldstream butcher wins gold at World Pie Champs

Graham Sanderson, butcher in Coldstream shows off his award winning 'Cheeseburger Pies'.
Graham Sanderson, butcher in Coldstream shows off his award winning 'Cheeseburger Pies'.

A COLDSTREAM butcher has struck gold at the 13th annual World Scotch Pie Championships.

Butchers, bakers and piemakers gathered at Carnegie College, Dunfermline last Thursday (January 5) to find out who were the prizewinners when the lid was lifted on the best pastry products in the country.

Coldstream butcher Graham Sanderson struck gold for his Cheesburger Pie in the Hot Savoury category.

He said: “I’ve previously won a bronze for my bridies and I had two silvers last year, so it’s great to win a gold this year to make a full set! We started doing the Cheeseburger Pie a couple of years ago now after my mates came up with the idea. They have nice properties with the burger, the cheese and the relish and are quite popular.

“I tried to come up with something a bit different because you can submit the same things year in year out and possibly get the same awards. I wanted to enter something a bit different this year and ended up winning a Gold so I’m really pleased.”

Trotters Family Bakers of Seahouses, who also have shops in Coldstream, Duns and Eyemouth, had a hugely successful day at the Pie Championships. They finished runners up in the Cold Savoury section with their quiche lorraine, won Gold and Bronze awards in the Hot Savoury section for their mince pie and lamb and mint pie respectively, and were awarded Silver in the Vegetarian Savoury category for their cheese and onion quiche lorraine.

Eighty-six businesses from as far afield as Bolton and Invergordon entered products for evaluation at the judging, which took place at Carnegie College in November, when a panel of 20 industry experts and interested foodies tackled the massive task of munching their way through over 400 savoury products.

Butcher John G Renicks from Dumfriesshire was named the new Scotch Pie World Champion.