TASTE of the Trossachs snapped up awards for their savoury snacks at the World Scotch Pie Championships 2017.
Taste of the Trossachs in Callander was this week crowned creators of the world’s best savoury pie.
The eaterie, which is owned and run by David and Rachel Stewart, was praised for their savoury snacks at the World Scotch Pie Championships 2017.
Their pride and joy, the breakfast pie, snapped up a diamond award — the highest possible accolade — before landing the MacLean’s Cup for best savoury pie.
And their succulent Macsween haggis and steak pie also earned a top diamond award during the ceremony which was held at The Westerwood Hotel in Bishopbriggs on Wednesday.
David spoke of his delight at the recognition. He said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. We’re shocked and didn’t expect this at all. We won a couple of gold awards last year but this is amazing — especially as it’s just our second year entering.”
Taste of the Trossachs, a family-run business which opened on the town’s Main Street in March 2012, was last year honoured with gold awards in the hot savoury category for their steak mince and red onion pie.
And this year’s event saw around 100 top butchers and bakers enter more than 500 products which were judged by 50 experts.
David puts their success down to a combination of things. He added: “It comes down to hard work, creativity and — most importantly — quality. If it’s not 100 per cent right for me, it’s not good enough for our customers.”
The breakfast pie, which is loaded with beans, bacon, sausage and egg, was singled out for special praise by the judges.
“They were astounded with our breakfast pie — the judges were saying it was on another level, which was great to hear,” David added.
“For us, the main thing is making sure the pies are properly filled up and of good quality.”
Alan Clarke of Scottish Bakers said: “Once again, we have brought together the best pies and baked goods in the land and we can really celebrate the achievement of our hard working butchers and bakers.”