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World Pasty Championships to return to Cornwall

By AliceWright  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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The World Pasty Championships will return to the Eden Project next March with new entry classes and a grand Oggy Oscars party, the Cornish attraction has announced. 

The first-ever event of its kind was staged at the Eden Bakery this March and was hailed a great success. More than 100 competitors took part in the day-long celebration of Cornwall's most famous dish.

The competition, backed by the Cornish Pasty Association, saw amateur and professional bakers compete by baking traditional Cornish pasties or variations on the classic recipe.

While the traditional pasties had to stick to a strict set of guidelines, the open categories received entries such as wild rabbit, peas and lemon zest, and smoked fish topped with parsley and saffron.

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In addition to the established classes, next year the championships will pit small, medium and large companies against each other with a new contest for bakeries under their own names. A children's class is also being devised.

The event will again take place on the Saturday before St Piran's Day, the traditional celebration of the national day of Cornwall. 

In the coming weeks, Eden will announce full entry categories for the World Pasty Championships 2013 on its website www.edenproject.com.

Tony Trenerry, senior sous chef at the Eden Project, said: "The first-ever World Pasty Championships was great fun and a brilliant success, attracting entries from Cornwall, other parts of the UK and from as far afield as the USA. 

"Thousands of people flocked in for the day and since then we have listened to feedback to try to make next year's event better and bigger still.

"As well as introducing a new class for companies to compete and a children's class, we are going to throw an Oggy Oscars party after the winners' trophies have been handed out to round off what we are confident will be another brilliant celebration of the pasty and the baking skills involved in making a good one."

Mark Muncey, chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association, said: "The first championships worked very well last year. This is a properly run and well-judged competition which we are happy to support. It's also a lot of fun.

"We suggested the new class so that companies can compete and we will be encouraging our members to have a go. Who wouldn't want to be crowned World Pasty Champion?"

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  • trevl  |  November 09 2012, 5:20PM

    Most of us know that the Cornish Pasty Association is really just set up for commercial reasons only. They achieved PGI status in order to make more money out of it! Now they are supporting The World Pasty Championships with The Eden Project. Any full blooded Cornishman knows who the World Champion Pasty maker is.... His Mother... His Wife... His Girlfriend! It doesn't matter, within reason, what the filling is or whether it's crimped on the side or on top. Home made pasties, made by Cornish hands, are the real Champion Pasties, wherever they are made! The CPA would serve Cornish Pasties and, indeed, Cornwall much better by ensuring that Tescos, Morrisons, and all Supermarkets drop the word Cornish from the abhorrent versions of our national dish that they sell!!!! Remember backlong when Tescos advertised that they made pasties better than Cornish Housewives! Remember the march to the River Tamar. Remember the late Brian Webbs "Tescos Pasty Song"! Tescos soon stopped their insulting advert!!!!!!!! Its surely time for Cornwall to "Take up arms" once again!!!

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  • WallyWhale  |  November 09 2012, 5:06PM

    The winning pasty this year in the 'professional' section was a pasty that couldn't be purchased from the company claiming the prize.Any pasty claiming to be a company or professional pasty should be available for sale to the general public and not be a competition special produced by an employee of a company such as happened this year.The winning company took credit for something that wasn't a company product....fraudulent behaviour in my opinion ! Not saying it wasn't the best pasty,it must have been if judged fairly,but it wasn't available as a commercial product.Time to tighten up the rules in this section I think.

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