The ‘British Pie Awards’ winner of 2019 is a vegan entry from butcher Jon Thorner, Somerset South England. The competition has been running for 11 years, and the curried sweet potato and butternut squash pie is the first of its kind to win the award. Almost 900 meat pies were entered from 176 producers.
The judge said: ‘There are a number of challenges to making a good vegan pie and this has cracked it. The pastry was exceptional with a crispness that complemented the filling.”
The British Pie Awards take place annually in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, (famous for its pork pies), and is considered to be the highest honour for pie makers in the UK. The award has 23 classes including a vegetarian class and a vegan class. However, the coveted ‘pie of pies’ for best overall pie was won by this plant-based entry in a contest which is traditionally meat-heavy, and judged by meat lovers.
The awards mark the end of the annual British Pie Week, which ran from March 4 to March 8.
Mr Thorner, 62, said he was ‘thrilled’ at the victory and insisted vegans and carnivores alike would enjoy the pie.
“Veganism is now entering the mainstream of British food”
Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the British Pie Awards, said: ‘This year’s supreme champion was outstanding and well deserving of the accolade. This pie isn’t just for vegans, it’s a pie for everybody. With this award, we can truly say that veganism is now entering the mainstream of British food.”