The competition in the first ever World Pasty Championships is certainly hotting up, with entries now confirmed from bakers in Cornwall, across the rest of the UK and even from the US.
Michael Amery was born in St Austell but now lives in Pennsylvania, and he is making the trip across the Atlantic to be at the Eden Project on Saturday 3rd March to try and secure on of the crowns on offer at the World Pasty Championship.
The 68 year old hotelier who spent his childhood in Plymouth, Devon said that he has been practising his crimping every afternoon, and he can’t understand why that apart from in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, pasties are largely ignored in the US. He added that he loved his pasties and has been making them ever since his mother showed him how when he was a small boy and he served them to the guests in his hotel and they love them.
The contest has also attracted international interest from a pasty company in Chicago, USA, a professor in Vancouver, Canada, a travel writer from New York as well as a trayful of Cornish bakers including many big names in the pasty industry.
Tony Henshaw, Head Chef at the Eden Project, said: “We knew how passionate people were about pasties but when you get pasty entries from across the US and all over Cornwall it just brings it all back home.
“There’s still time to register for the World Pasty Championships so if you have an amazing pasty recipe, whether you’re a professional or amateur baker, get your entry in to us.”
Competitors can register for the World Pasty Championships either by going online http://www.edenproject.com/come-and-visit/whats-on/other-activities/cornish-pasty-baking-competition where there are full entry details, or by ringing the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972.
Entries will be strictly limited so early registration is advised.
There are categories aimed at both professional bakers and cooks as well as amateur pasty makers and there’s a chance to compete in traditional Cornish pasty classes and open sections for other varieties.
The Championships are backed by the Cornish Pasty Association after it won European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the Cornish pasty last year. It means 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 pasties.
It costs £10 to enter each category of the competition. This gives the competitor plus one other person free entry to Eden on Saturday, March 3.
A full day of entertainment is being devised around the competition including live music, comedy and a real ale bar supplied by Sharp’s Brewery who are making a celebratory beer for the contest called Oggy Ale.
For more information on Cornish pasties, go to http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk/