Thursday, March 15, 2012
The beginning of March saw the first ever World Pasty Championships – something we followed with great interest here in Port Isaac!
The event was hosted by the Eden Project and saw over 100 competitors from across the globe battle it out in a bid for the top pasty prize. Entrants came from as far afield as Australia and America, but in the end local expertise triumphed. The two professional categories were won by the suitably named Graham Cornish, who said he was “humbled” by the awards. Meanwhile Suzanne Manson, from Bristol, won the Open Savoury Amateur class, and Billy Deakin, from Mount Hawke, won the Cornish Pasty Amateur category.
The winners were selected by a panel of 21 judges who were looking for exceptional standards of taste, texture, appearance, pastry crimp and technical ability. Head judge Dave Menear said the competition had been “fascinating”.
“There were 102 pasties judged and we thought there were only two or three duds out of all of those”, he said. “Some of the stuff we were tasting in the open category were not really a Cornish pasty, but they were amazing. Some real creativity went into it.”
The day was topped off by live music from 11-strong male choir Aberfal Oggyman, whose repertoire includes both modern and traditional Cornish folk songs. The event has been hailed a great success by all who attended, and we’re certainly looking forward to next year’s celebration of Cornwall’s beloved pasty!