The planet’s best bakers to compete at the World Pasty Championships

(media release) The Eden Project in Cornwall, UK is looking for the best bakers from around the globe to enter the World Pasty Championships on Saturday, March 2.

In the first event of its kind at Eden last March, more than 100 competitors took part in a day-long celebration of Cornwall’s most famous dish. The offerings ranged from traditional pasties made in the heart of Cornwall, to novel recipes from other parts of Britain and across the world.

Pasties, which are made of meat and vegetables in a distinctive D-shaped pastry, have become well-loved throughout the world. With their sturdy shape and easy-to-hold crimp, pasties have traditionally been the food of choice for Cornish miners, who brought the dish to different places across the world when they emigrated.

This year, the competition returns bigger and better with categories for companies and junior bakers, as well as the existing ones for professionals and amateurs.

Many of last year’s bakers are due back to show off their wares and defend their titles, including Billy Deakin, winner of the Cornish Pasty Amateur category and the Bridgeport Pasty Company, whose third prize Professional Open Savoury pasty came all the way from Chicago, Illinois, USA.

A special guest at the championships will be St Austell-born Mike Amery, who is planning on travelling all the way from his home in New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA to enter the competition for a second time.

People can register for the competition at: http://www.edenproject.com/world-pasty-championships-rules where full entry details can be found. For more information on overseas entries, email vtrudgian@edenproject.com

The World Pasty Championships have the full backing of the Cornish Pasty Association, the industry body that represents more than 50 bakers. The association won a long campaign to give the Duchy’s delicacy European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, which means that only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties in a traditional manner and follow a traditional recipe are able to label their products as Cornish.

Tony Trenerry, Senior Sous Chef at the Eden Project, who baked a special Cornwall-shaped pasty to mark this year’s event, said: “The calibre and creativity of last year’s entries was superb and we can’t wait to see what people have got in store for this year.

“It’s a chance to show off traditional family recipes and brave flavour combinations, and have lots of fun along the way.”

To find out more about the World Pasty Championships, go to: www.edenproject.com/world-pasty-championships

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