One of the world’s top pastry chefs will be sharing his secrets at the Eden Project’s third annual World Pasty Championships.
Martin Chiffers, who hails from Madron in Cornwall, will be holding a masterclass at the prestigious event which will take place on March 1.
“I’m very excited to be returning to the World Pasty Championships and am looking forward to sharing my pastry expertise with pasty enthusiasts from around the world,” he said.
Mr Chiffers, who is president of the UK Pastry Team Coupe du Monde has worked at some of the world’s most famous restaurants and hotels in Singapore, Korea and the Middle East.
Returning to the World Pasty Championships after making his debut last year, the top chef, will be showing visitors his method for making the perfect pastry for a pasty.
As well as demonstrations and masterclasses, the World Pasty Championships will feature a full day of entertainment including live music and comedy.
Registration for the contest has already opened.
A spokesman for the Eden Project said and entries have already been received from around the world, including from Mike Amery, a Cornishman who now lives in Pennsylvania and makes an annual trip to the Duchy to enter the competition.
Categories are split between those who would like to make a traditional Cornish pasty, which abides by strict guidelines and is made in Cornwall, and those who want to make any other type of savoury pasty.
Once the crimping competitors have decided on which type of pasty to make, they can enter as a professional baker or chef (under their own name, rather than that of their employer), an amateur or a junior (aged 15 or under). There are also categories for companies – bakeries, butchers, pubs, shops or any other business that makes pasties to sell - to enter each type of pasty.
Anyone who would like to enter the competition can do so by visiting www.edenproject.com or by calling the Eden box office on 01726 811972.
Entry costs £10 per adult category or £5 for the junior categories.
This entitles the competitor and one guest to free entry to the Eden Project on the day of the competition. Entries will be strictly limited so early registration is advised.