Posted on Monday 5th March, 2018
Pasty makers from across the globe defied a week of extreme weather to descend on Cornwall’s Eden Project today (Saturday March 3) for the seventh annual World Pasty Championships.
than 200 pasties were entered into the competition, the highest number in the
history of this grand celebration of Cornwall’s foodie gift to the world. The
event was the finale of the first-ever Cornish Pasty Week.
the big winners was the Pure Pasty Co., based in Vienna, Virginia in the
Washington DC suburbs, who were victorious in the Open Savoury Company category
with a barbecue chicken pasty made with sweet potato, zucchini, red pepper,
corn and pineapple.
Mike “the Pasty” Burgess attended the championships for the second year
running, this time accompanied by his bakery manager Jennifer Swanston, who is
originally from New York City.
Mike, who opened his bakery in 2010, said: “We are ecstatic with the win –
over the moon. The winning pasty is a real team effort – an American fusion.”
added: “What a few days! I’ve seen a rare Cornish snowstorm, been to the
Eden Project Biomes and now we have won a World Pasty Championships trophy to
take home with us. It’s absolutely surprising and fantastic.”
and Jennifer were one of a number of contestants from North America, a
contingent that also included 2017 Cornish Pasty Professional winner Gerry
Ramier, from St. Catherine's in Ontario, Canada, and 2016 Pasty
Ambassador Matt Grant, from Ottawa, Canada, who travelled with his Canadian
colleague Lauren Trick.
group of pasty enthusiasts from Bristol who have entered the competition every
year it has been running were awarded the prestigious Pasty Ambassador award.
This was the first time the award has been given to a group rather than an individual.
group includes Don McKeever, who is the most decorated pasty-maker in the
history of the World Pasty Championships with three wins and one second place
to his name. This year, the group was smaller than usual due to the poor
weather in the run up to the competition, but Don and a handful of others made
it to Cornwall.
said: “It’s a huge surprise to be named pasty ambassadors. We’ve worked hard
over the years and we really enjoy the event. It’s really nice for the whole
group to get the recognition this year. The guys who couldn’t make it will be
delighted and we’ll share the trophy round during the course of the year.
World Pasty Championships are a fantastic occasion and Eden still put on a
great show despite the weather. We always feel very welcome and it keeps us
coming back every year.”
Farr, another member of the Bristol pasty crew, who won the Cornish Pasty
Amateur title in 2017, said: “It’s brilliant to win this award because we love
great that Eden appreciates our support and we really appreciate the
opportunity to come down to Cornwall and take part in the competition. Being
ambassadors is a big responsibility, we’re going to have to eat more pasties!”
Gillian Francis from St Cleer, near Liskeard in
Cornwall, won the coveted Cornish Pasty Amateur category and came third in the
Open Savoury Amateur category despite only learning to crimp two weeks ago.
The mum-of-three, who is a teaching assistant
at St Cleer Primary School, said: "I've been testing out my pasties on my
three sons for years but didn't know how to crimp properly so I had to ask my
next-door neighbour to teach me a few weeks ago.
"This is the first time I've entered the
World Pasty Championships and I’m absolutely overwhelmed and shocked to win. I
thought my boys were playing a joke on me!"
Project spokesman David Rowe said: “There was a great spirit today at our
seventh World Pasty Championships. The pasty bakers made heroic efforts to
be here despite everything the weather could throw at them this week.
thanks to our friends from the Cornish Pasty Association for helping us deliver
the event as fitting end of the first-ever Cornish Pasty Week.”
well as the pasty competition, Eden put on a fabulous day’s entertainment in
the stage area. Britpop legends Dodgy, Cornwall-based 3 Daft Monkeys and
legendary Redruth rappers Hedluv + Passman headed the music bill.
partners with industry body the Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) to deliver the
full list of winners is:
- Jodie Heath, 12, from Bodmin with a Cornish smoked seafood pasty
- Imogen Hawkins, nine, from Wadebridge with a chicken pasty
- Naomi Hawkins, 7, from Wadebridge with a gammon pasty
- Summer Lovejoy, nine, from Plymouth
- Jodie Heath, 12, from Bodmin
- Rhys Heath, 15, from Bodmin
–The Pure Pasty Co. with a BBQ chicken pasty
- Warrens Bakery with a vegan yellow Thai pasty
- The Cornish Bakery with a Cornish smoked haddock pasty
- Proper Cornish Ltd.
- Cornish Premier Pasties
- The Cornish Bakery
-Luisa Ead from Padstow with a winner winner chicken dinner pasty
Hollyoak from Bodmin with a broccoli and cauliflower cheese pasty
Flower from Bristol with a Moroccan Chickpea Pasty
- Danny O'Flynn from Trevone
- Chris Bartolini from Millbrook
- Yvonne Hollyoak from Bodmin
- Glyn Meredith from Porthleven with a skirt, cheese, peppers, paprika, garlic
and coriander pasty.
- Jon Lovejoy from Plymouth with a lasagne pasty
- Gillian Francis from St Cleer with a pork, smoked streaky bacon, paprika and
red chilli pasty
- Gillian Francis from St Cleer
- Jules Curnow from Helston
- Emma Pugsley from London