Les McKeown helps find World Scotch Pie winners

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Butchers and bakers from across Scotland are awaiting the January announcement of the World Scotch Pie Championships winners, after ex-Bay City Rollers front man Les McKeown helped judge the entries.

The competition, now in its 15th year, will culminate with the naming next year of the maker of the best Scotch pie in the world.

Les McKeown tries a pie. Picture: PA

Les McKeown tries a pie. Picture: PA

But competitors were also invited to enter their best sausage rolls, bridies, specialty savouries and football pies to compete for the top spots in a variety of award categories.

For the first time since the start of the competition there is sweet treat in store for the judges with the addition of a new category - best apple pie.

Les McKeown, who was named this year’s guest judge, said: “I was honoured to be asked to join the panel of judges for this iconic competition. The scotch pie is an icon and is something I look forward to coming home to so in this category in particular we are looking for something really special that stands out from the crowd.”

The competition, run by the Scotch Pie Club, aims to show that bakers and butchers create high quality artisan pastry products. Organisers hope that recognising the best in their field rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.