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World Cornish Pasty Championships

Updated on May 17, 2013

The World Pasty Championships competition was launched by the Eden Project in Cornwall in 2012, with a variety of competition levels, open to allcomers.This celebration of the humble Cornish pasty is spread over a two-day event in March each year, with pasty bakers and makers travelling from across the world to take part.

As a Cornish pasty is referred to an Oggy, the award winning ceremony of the championships are jokingly referred to as the Oggy Oscars.

As the pasty championships are open to everybody, why not join you:

YOU Can Take Part in the Cornwall Pasty Championships.

Whether you are a company, a chef, or an amateur, what's compulsive about the pasty championshps is that there is a category in which you can shine.

World Cornish Pasty Championships
World Cornish Pasty Championships | Source

Making a Pasty Is Easy

The reality is, that making your own pasties is probably the easiest food you can make, requiring no equipment, no special cooking techniques and no training whatsoever.

If you are making pasties at home, you can even buy ready-made pastry. The ingredients themselves are put in raw. It really couldn't be easier than that! Place the raw ingredients into a circle of pastry and bake. That's it!

Beyond the basics, of course, you can make your own pastry, invent your own fillings, tweak and improve your fillings, until one day ..... YOUR pasties are the ones everybody's talking about and you can revel in the glory of that, knowing it's a dish you simply "throw together" with ease!

The Cornish Pasty and the Economy

The Cornish pasty is big - and serious - business in Cornwall, with over 100 million pasties being baked every year. The pasty making industry is worth a total of £65m per annum, equivalent to 3% of Cornwall's gross domestic product.

EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) - Awarded to Cornish pasties in 2011.
EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) - Awarded to Cornish pasties in 2011. | Source

Pasties and The Cornish Pasty

EU Protected Status (PGI)

Since February 2011, The Cornish Pasty has "EU Protected Food Status", with "protected geographical indication" (PGI) status. Put simply this means that a Cornish Pasty has to meet certain criteria in order to be called a Cornish Pasty. All other pasties are to be called by another name, but not to be labelled as a "Cornish Pasty".

The criteria to be legally labelled a Cornish pasty in the EU are:

  • The pasty must be prepared in Cornwall - although they can be baked anywhere, with local Cornish pasty makers shipping pasties around the country to be baked locally. It is, therefore, possible to source and enjoy a Cornish pasty anywhere.
  • The pasty must follow the traditional Cornish pasty recipe.
  • A genuine Cornish pasty must have a distinctive "D" shape and be crimped on one side, never on top.
  • The filling must be made up of uncooked minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede, potato, and onion with a light seasoning.
  • The pastry casing must be golden in colour, savoury, glazed with milk or egg and robust enough to retain its shape throughout the cooking and cooling process without splitting or cracking.
  • A genuine Cornish pasty is slow-baked with no artificial flavourings or additives added.

If you see a Cornish pasty for sale, ask yourself - and the vendor if you dare - if it is genuinely a Cornish pasty, or if they're trading illegally as it is an offence to label a pasty as a cornish pasty unless it meets the strict criteria.

How To Make Cornish Pasties: The Official Recipe (Authentic English Recipes)
How To Make Cornish Pasties: The Official Recipe (Authentic English Recipes)
How To Make Cornish Pasties The Official Recipe: complete with a US English translation. By European law this is the only pasty that can be called a Cornish Pasty and even then only if it is made in Cornwall. *Look inside this book to see what's inside before you buy

World Pasty Championships' Categories

The inaugural contest had just four categories, which were expanded in 2013 due to the popularity and number of contestants. The current pasty championships' categories are:

  • Junior Open Savoury | Junior Cornish Pasty
  • Pasty Company Open Savoury | Pasty Company Cornish Pasty
  • Professional Chefs Open Savoury | Professional Chefs Cornish Pasty
  • Amateur Cornish Pasty Bakers Open Savoury | Amateur Cornish Pasty
  • Special Ambassador Award

World Pasty Championships: Winners

Junior: Savoury Pasty
Henry Cornish
Junior: Cornish Pasty
Tabitha Delbridge
Company: Savoury Pasty
Chough Bakery
Company: Cornish Pasty
Pasty Presto
Pro: Savoury Pasty
Luisa Ead
Graham Cornish, Ginsters
Pro: Cornish Pasty
Andy Heath
Graham Cornish, Ginsters
Amateur: Savoury Pasty
Terry O'Connor
Suzanne Manson
Amateur: Cornish Pasty
Billy Deakin
Billy Deakin
Special Ambassador
Mike Amery and Louisa Haggerty
Billy Deakin Pasty Recipe: How to Make an Award Winning Pasty
Billy Deakin Pasty Recipe: How to Make an Award Winning Pasty | Source

Billy Deakin, Amateur Cornish Pasty Championships Winner

Billy Deakin was an amateur pasty baker when he first entered the Pasty Championships in 2012 and won. Following his success, he started to compile and curate a book of Cornish Pasty Recipes, involving many local pasty makers and bakers.

The Billy Deakin Pasty Recipe Book

Upon re-entering in 2013, Billy Deakin repeated his success and holding onto his title for another year. He is now publishing his book, which he is funding through a crowdsourcing initiative. Crowdsourcing with Kickstarter, enabling him to raise the necessary funds to self-publish, with each sponsor receiving a copy of his book.

The book is to be called: How to Make an Award Winning Cornish Pasty and contains:

"A history of the pasty from the earliest recorded recipes to the 2012 "Pasty Tax" scandal and more, along with an in depth discussion on ingredients, tips and tricks for getting a perfect crust and the all important crimp, fun pasty facts, a look at the fantastic work carried out by The Cornish Pasty Association and The Eden Project in championing this important part of Cornish heritage, and of course Billy Deakin's award winning pasty recipe"

How to Make an Award Winning Cornish Pasty will be available as a hardback in July/August 2013 and as a digital version in June/July 2013.


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