Date: 
Friday, February 17, 2012 - 09:00

The competition for the first World Pasty Championships is hotting up with confirmed entries from bakers across Cornwall, the UK and overseas including the United States.

St Austell-born Michael Amery who now lives in Pennsylvania, USA, is travelling to the Eden Project on Saturday, March 3, to try and win one of the World Pasty Championship crowns.

The 68-year-old hotelier who grew up in Plymouth, Devon, said: “I’ve been practising my crimping every afternoon.

“I love pasties and can’t understand why, apart from in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, not more people eat them in the States.

“I’ve been making pasties since my mother taught me how to as a child and today I serve them to my hotel guests and they love them too.

“I’m very proud of being from Cornwall and can’t wait to come and compete in this competition to celebrate the great Cornish pasty!”

The contest has also attracted international interest from a pasty company in Chicago, USA, a professor in Vancouver, Canada, a travel writer from New York as well as a trayful of Cornish bakers including many big names in the pasty industry.

Tony Henshaw, Head Chef at the Eden Project, said: “We knew how passionate people were about pasties but when you get pasty entries from across the US and all over Cornwall it just brings it all back home.

“There’s still time to register for the World Pasty Championships so if you have an amazing pasty recipe, whether you’re a professional or amateur baker, get your entry in to us.”

Competitors can register for the World Pasty Championships either by going online http://www.edenproject.com/come-and-visit/whats-on/other-activities/corn... where there are full entry details, or by ringing the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972.

Entries will be strictly limited so early registration is advised.

There are categories aimed at both professional bakers and cooks as well as amateur pasty makers and there’s a chance to compete in traditional Cornish pasty classes and open sections for other varieties.

The Championships are backed by the Cornish Pasty Association after it won European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the Cornish pasty last year. It means only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties in a traditional manner and follow a traditional recipe are able to label their products as Cornish pasties.

It costs £10 to enter each category of the competition. This gives the competitor plus one other person free entry to Eden on Saturday, March 3.

A full day of entertainment is being devised around the competition including live music, comedy and a real ale bar supplied by Sharp’s Brewery who are making a celebratory beer for the contest called Oggy Ale.

For more information on Cornish pasties, go to http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk/