A Delicious aroma filled the air at the 12th annual pork pie
People lined the streets and took in the view at the Old Bridge Inn,
Ripponden, as judges tasted and ranked the 46 entries as Elland Silver
Youth Band entertained.
Above Brian Turner With The
Winner Hinchliffe’s, of
Peter Charnley, secretary of the Pork Pie Appreciation Society, said
the standard had been high.
“They are all very good. What we are looking for is fresh meat, a
crunchy pastry and tasty jelly,” he said,
There were three rounds of tasting to whittle down the A contenders to
Judges Phillip Batley, Peter
Charnley and Kevin Booth Enjoy a Pie
Then TV chef Brian Turner and Robert Cockroft, “Yorkshire Post” food
Critic and editor of the “Barnsley Chronicle,” helped to pick out the
four winners. Brian Turner, who grew up near Leeds, said he was
“It’s a great event. It’s lovely to hear all these experts talk about
pies- they are red hot. “And we don’t get pork pies like this in
London,” he said.
Mr Cockroft said he was a pie-lover. “There is a great wealth of
English food but people spend their time in bistros and restaurants and
forget things like pie and peas, which are cheap, plentiful and tasty,”
The Mayor of Calderdale Geraldine Carter and the chef presented the
winners with cups and rosettes.
First place and £100 prize money went to Hinchliffe’s, of Netherton
Huddersfield, for the third year running. Wilson’s, of Cross Gates,
Leeds, came second, Shepley Coop, Huddersfield, came third and Home
Fair butchers of Keswick, fourth.
J. P. Cryer, of Ovenden, Halifax, made it into the top 10. Organiser
Kevin Booth said the proceeds, which he expected to be more than
£1,000, would go to the mayor’s chosen charity, the Fund for Epilepsy,
and the Elland Silver Youth Band.