Steak and Stilton crowned king of pies
Delighted master baker Phil Turner and his team are celebrating after being crowned king of pies AGAIN at the world-renowned British Pie Awards.
West Sussex firm Turner’s Pies saw their mouth-watering Top Rump Steak and Stilton Pie scoop the supreme champion award — which makes it the UK’s favourite “pie of Pies”. The business also collected a clutch of other gongs too.
Now Phil, managing director of Turner’s Pies, has been forced to draft in extra staff to cope with the huge demand following the unparalleled success at the event in Melton Mowbray last week that saw them beat off stiff competition from 160 producers with almost 900 entries.
Thrilled Phil, who heads up four stores throughout West Sussex — in Broadwater (Worthing), Chichester, Bognor Regis and Rustington — explained:
“It’s an unbelievable honour and we are absolutely ecstatic at being recognised for creating the best pie in the land. We knew the pie we submitted was special and thought it had a very real chance of winning — but to actually walk off with the title is fitting for all the hard work the team here put in to excelling every day.
“And of course, our continued success and popularity means there is even more demand for our products. The shops are busier than ever but what is so encouraging for us is that our Pies by Post service means we can serve people from all over the country.
“We’ve brought in more staff to help with the work load with our piesbypost.com website is inundated with orders. We deliver the freshly baked pies, nationwide, directly to the customer’s door with Pies by Post. Since winning we’ve had orders from everywhere from Preston to Penzance and from Falkirk to Faversham! “
Chief judge Colin Woodhead hailed the pie for its appearance and crimping on the edge and golden bake, saying:
“The pastry had an even thickness, with a crunchy rich texture. The filling was well balanced between meat and cheese which gave a subtle taste and the meat, though tender, still having ‘bite’. Overall a cracking pie!”
Dr Matthew O’Callaghan, British Pie Awards organiser, said:
“Turner’s of Sussex certainly know how to make an excellent pie. They won Supreme Champion in 2018 with their Steak and Ale Pie and now they’ve done it again, but this time with Stilton cheese. Cheese in pies was a winning formula this year, appearing in five winning classes.
“Besides winning the Supreme Champion — or ‘Pie of Pies’ — title, Turner’s also won three Highly Commended Awards, three Golds, four Silvers and two Bronzes. With their record, they are undisputedly Britain’s Best Pie Maker.”