Vegetarian and gluten-free 'steak' pie crowned at top UK awards

That’s pie-ly unusual! Vegetarian and gluten-free pie made out of jackfruit ‘steak’ is crowned ‘supreme champion’ at top UK awards in Melton Mowbray

  • A veggie and gluten-free pie won the biggest prize at the British Pie Awards
  • There were 23 different classes which lost to the unconventional pastry
  • This is the first time that the ‘free-from’ category produced the pie of the year 

A vegetarian and gluten-free pie has claimed the Supreme Champion crown at this year’s British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray.

The winning entry was a vegetable jackfruit ‘steak’, gluten-free craft ale and black pepper pie which beat 35 contenders for the ‘free-from’ category before beating out 976 entries to win the big prize.

There were 23 different classes of hot and cold savoury and dessert pies and pasties for the 151 judges to consider at the competition, which returned to its traditional March timing after the pandemic saw last year’s competition moved to September.

The contest plays out over three days and again took place at St Mary’s Church in the home of the pork pie, Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.

The winning entry was a vegetable jackfruit ‘steak’, gluten-free craft ale and black pepper pie

2022 saw the free-from category produce the overall winner for the first time thanks to Bristol-based Pieminister’s Gluten Free Mooless Pie. 

Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association and host of the British Pie Awards, said: ‘This was a superb pie, it looked good, had a nice even golden bake.

‘The pastry was crunchy complemented by the moist filling which had ‘bite’ and the balance of flavours in the pie was just right.

‘Up to now, gluten-free pies were always compared unfavourably with other pies. With this pie, gluten-free pies are now equal to any other pie.

‘Being vegetarian and gluten free, Pieminister’s Mooless Pie is an ‘everybody’s pie’, be they vegetarian or meat eater, gluten tolerant or intolerant. Serve this at a meal and almost everyone’s a winner.’

The judges, many of whom are experts and old hands, were asked to mark the pies on criteria including eating qualities, the filling, and how a maker could improve their entry

The judges, many of whom are experts and old hands, were asked to mark the pies on criteria including eating qualities, the filling, and how a maker could improve their entry.

Three years ago a vegan pie was the overall winner, while last year’s champion was a meat and potato pie from Bowring Butchers.

Pieminister’s victory has landed them an expenses paid trip to a future British Fair in Japan courtesy of the Hankyu Department Store, along with a trophy and the title.

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