Les McKeown hails new Scotch Pie champion

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An Ayrshire bakery which scooped the title of World Scotch Pie Champion has been honoured by this year’s guest judge, former Bay City Roller Les McKeown.

The owners of The Kandy Bar in Saltcoats are celebrating after beating about 100 other bakers and butchers in the annual contest.

Les McKeown. Picture: Kenny Smith

Les McKeown. Picture: Kenny Smith

The business also took home a silver prize for its apple tart and was awarded bronze for its sausage roll, potato pie and macaroni pie at a ceremony in Dunfermline.

The competition, supported by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders, is now in its fifteenth year.

Stephen McAllister, of The Kandy Bar, said: “I am delighted. To have been given the ultimate accolade and to be able to call our pie the world champion as judged by a panel of experts is just fantastic.

“This award is proof that The Kandy Bar team are the best in the land.

“I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to selling more of our winning pies than ever.”

Head judge Robert Ross said: “The competition, which has run for 15 years, aims to highlight that bakers and butchers create high-quality artisan pastry products.

“Recognising the ‘great and the good’ in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.”

Alan Clarke, from Scottish Bakers, said: “Once again we have brought together the best pies and baked goods in the land, and today we can really celebrate the achievement of our hard-working butchers and bakers.

“My heartfelt congratulations go to our winner, and indeed everyone today taking away a prize, they are all winners in my book.”