Pie lovers could be left baffled after discovering a vegan pie has outshone nearly 900 pie entries to be named the Supreme Champion at the competition.
Fillings such as steak and ale or chicken and leek may be more traditionally associated with the pastry dish, so naming a vegan pie the “pie of pies” could leave people scratching their heads.
The winning pie consists of a vegan pastry with a curried sweet potato and butternut squash filling and was the creation of a butcher at Jon Thorner’s Ltd.
Although the British Pie Awards have been running for 11 years, this is the first time that a vegan pie has beat the classics to be crowned champion.
Judges at this years competition saw past the meat-free take on the pub classic to praise it’s moist and well-balanced filling.
Head Judge Colin Woodhead 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 complimented the filling.”
To Matthew O’Callaghan, Chairman of the British Pie Awards, the odd decision was a no-brainer and said it was a well-deserved victory.
He said: “From its very appearance on the judging tray you knew it was going to do well and it didn’t disappoint.”
The food competition, which is hosted every year in Leicester, has 23 pre-assigned classes that baking hopefuls can enter into, including a Free From class, Vegetarian class and even Pasty class.
This isn’t the first time a vegan pie has been entered before into different categories, but never before has one been recognised.
There is a winner picked from every sub-category and this year’s Specialist class crowned a Fish & Chip shop pie as the winner.
Bakers were invited to enter vegan pies into a category made specifically for them, for the first time ever.
With Brits eating around £1 billion worth of pies each year, the choice of winner won’t be a hit with everyone, but would you have picked it?
Although pies may not seem like the healthiest cuisine choice, these posh snacks are more calorific than a takeaway.
Nutritionists compared sandwiches and burger options from high street favourites including Costa Coffee, Pret, Caffe Nero and Gourmet Burger King and found many were less healthy than a Big Mac Bacon from McDonalds.
If you are opting for a takeaway, the nation’s best fish and chip shops have been revealed, do you live near one?
Krispies Fish & Chips from Exmouth, Devon, are the UK’s best fish and chips shop, according to The National Fish & Chip Awards.
The store beat off competition from nine other finalists to clinch the title.