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How to make a Cornish pasty

Watch Gillian Francis - Amateur World Pasty Champion 2018 - make a Cornish pasty according to the official recipe from the Cornish Pasty Association.

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As the Eden Project is based in Cornwall, our World Pasty Championships celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people.

The Championships are also a fantastic opportunity for a good old Cornish knees-up, with pasties galore and entertainment from local bands. 

2020 World Pasty Champions

Cornish Pasty Company
First – The Phat Pasty Co.
Second – Cornish Premier Pasties (hand-layered gourmet)
Third – Cornish Premier Pasties (mixed gourmet)

Open Savoury Company
First – Rowe’s Cornish Bakery with a chicken, leek, potato and onion pasty
Second – The Pure Pasty Co. with a lamb jalfrezi pasty
Third – The Pure Pasty Co. with a cheese and onion pasty

Cornish Pasty Professional
First – David Timmins from St Columb Road, Cornwall
Second – David Collings from Fowey, Cornwall
Third – Phil Price from Bodmin, Cornwall

Open Savoury Professional
First – Nick Brown from Liskeard, Cornwall with a ham hock, cheddar and apple chutney pasty
Second – Jack Edensor from Bodmin, Cornwall with a garlic chicken and wild mushroom pasty
Third – Jill Martin from Deal, Kent with a lentil, tomato, ginger, celery and mushroom pasty

Cornish Pasty Amateur
First – Vanessa Farr from Bristol
Second – Terry O’Connor from County Longford, Ireland
Third – Emma Pugsley from London

Open Savoury Amateur
First – Jan Micallef from Sheffield with a goat’s cheese, pear, shallot and walnut pasty
Second – Lois Wild from Truro with a black olive, cheese and sweet red pepper pasty
Third – Steve Foreman from Bristol with a venison, port and wild mushroom pasty

Cornish Pasty Junior
First – Daisy Lovejoy, aged eight, from Plymouth
Second – Arran Kerr, eight, from Callington, Cornwall
Third – Izaac Rogers, 10, from Newquay, Cornwall

Open Savoury Junior
First – Jodie Heath, 14, from Bodmin, Cornwall with a sweet and sour chicken pasty
Second – Amy Meredith, 10, from Porthleven, Cornwall with a chilli sausage ragu pasty
Third – Daisy Lovejoy, eight, from Plymouth with a lasagne pasty

About the competition

We invite entries from around the world to our championships – which are supported by the Cornish Pasty Association – as we set the table for both amateur and professional bakers to parade their wares. 

This is an open event and every pasty entered will be judged, so there is a limit on numbers.

Read the full rules, and terms and conditions, of registration here

Competition categories

There are eight categories in the Championships with the opportunity to enter a traditional Cornish pasty or an alternative savoury pasty. 

In 2011, the Cornish Pasty Association won a long campaign to gain European Union PGI status for the Cornish pasty which means that only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties to the approved recipe are able to label their products as Cornish pasties. 

  1. Cornish Pasty – Company
  2. Cornish Pasty – Professional
  3. Cornish Pasty – Amateur
  4. Cornish Pasty Junior (15 and under)
  5. Open Savoury – Company
  6. Open Savoury - Professional
  7. Open Savoury – Amateur
  8. Open Savoury - Junior (15 and under)