Barnoldswick councillor Whipps up the best pie

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A Barnoldswick councillor proved he knew his cheese and onions to be crowned champion at the first World Meat Pie Championship on Saturday.

Coun. David Whipp’s cheese and onion filled pastry won the overall prize in the inaugural Barnoldswick event, narrowly edging out another classic recipe to top spot in the form of a meat and potato entry.

Judges at the inaugural World Meat Pie Championship in Barnoldswick on Saturday. (From L-R) PCSO Neil Wallin, Steve Szostak, The Mayor of Pendle Coun. Graham Roach, James Wilson, Mary Tierney and Sheila Kasaven.

Judges at the inaugural World Meat Pie Championship in Barnoldswick on Saturday. (From L-R) PCSO Neil Wallin, Steve Szostak, The Mayor of Pendle Coun. Graham Roach, James Wilson, Mary Tierney and Sheila Kasaven.

There were a total of 54 submissions across the three categories of meat, vegetarian and speciality, leaving pie championship organiser James Wilson “over the moon” with the response.

He said: “It was just a brilliant day. The entries were of a really excellent standard.

“All the judging was completely impartial. The two vegetarian judges said I had to try this cheese and onion pie. I was fairly reluctant really but it was spectacular, just gorgeous. I could have eaten it all.”

Read the full story in Friday’s Barnoldswick and Earby Times.