Butcher Mr Jim Cryer and his Wife,
Calderdale's top pork pie-maker has refused to reveal the secret recipe
behind his award wining delicacies.
Mr Jim Cryer, and his
wife Mrs Pat Cryer, have been making pork pies for more than 30 years to
sell in their butcher's shop at Ovenden Road, Halifax.
Each morning they
perfect the pastry and prime the pork and then they add their own, very
And it is this curious
ingredient which helped the couple secure fourth place at the recent
unofficial world pork pie championships at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden.
Their placing meant
they were officially the best pork pie-makers In Calderdale but they are
keeping their recipe a closely, guarded secret.
"We haven't told
anybody. It is our own special recipe and it is the reason why our pies
have been so popular for so long," said Mr Cryer.
"But I must say, it
does feel good to be able to boast the best in the area." Mr Cryer praised
the championships, which were organised by the Pork Pie Appreciation
Society for the 10th successive year.
"Getting placed definitely makes a difference to trade because people read
about it and they want to taste them. Usually when that happens they keep
coming back for more," he said.
Never one to shirk my responsibility to "Courier" readers, I undertook the
difficult task of trying to detect the magic Ingredient.
The result I didn't have a clue. So
I guess we'll all just have to carry on eating and enjoying them, without
knowing what makes them taste so nice.