Prepare for the people’s pasty!
The winner of the Open Savoury Amateur category of this month’s World Pasty Championships will see their creation produced by the award-winning Posh Pasty Co and sold at the Eden Project this summer. The annual competition is due
to be held at Eden on Saturday, February 28. As the incumbent supplier of the Eden Project’s pasties the Posh Pasty Co doesn’t enter the championships but this year the award-winning company wanted to be even more involved. James Strawbridge came up with the idea of producing and marketing the winner of the Pasty World Championships amateur pasty category.
The Open Amateur Savoury category is open to people aged 16 and over on the date of the competition (February 28, 2015) who do not work in the catering industry as a professional baker or cook. The winner will not only see their creation on sale at the Eden Project for the spring and summer months, but will be invited to Crantock Bakery in Indian Queens to work with James Strawbridge and see their pasty in production.
“It will be a bit like the X Factor for pasties – the Pasty Factor,” said James. “We’ll take the winning product and develop it for the market, hopefully making the most of local and seasonal produce. As a development chef it will be my job to make sure that the people’s pasty is truly Extraordinary for the Eden market but with a World Champion Amateur winner my job should be very easy.”
There are eight titles up for grabs at the championships with classes in each of the pasty and savoury sections for amateurs, professionals, companies and a junior category for 15 and under.
Eden’s Director of Procurement Andrew Holden said: “The World Pasty Championships is a celebration of Cornwall’s culinary gift to the world. This is a great boost to the competition. What greater prize could there be for an amateur baker than to have their pasties produced by Crantock Bakery and sold at the Eden Project?”
Full details of the 2015 World Pasty Championships and details of how to enter can be found on the Eden
Project website www.edenproject.com. Entries cost £10 per category, £5 for junior categories.