Dumfries bakery wins World Championship Scotch Pie Award

A bakery from Dumfries has won the 20th World Championship Scotch Pie Award.

Kerr Little of The Little Bakery said he “absolutely nailed everything” with his winning pie.

The pie-shaped trophy was presented by TV host Carol Smillie at a ceremony in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire on Tuesday.

Mr Little said: “This has been a special day.

“This is something that we never imagined. We have always entered and tried, but never to think we would reach the pinnacle.

“The challenge now going forward is even greater.”

The 75-year-old started the business “from scratch” with his son Nic, who does the baking, six years ago.

They employ almost 20 staff and have previously finished runner-up in the category.

Kerr Little with two Scotch pies on his eyes
Kerr Little with two Scotch pies on his eyes

Alasdair Smith, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, said: “When it comes to Scotch pie there are so many components to get right.

“There’s making sure the shell is the right thickness, the quality of the meat in the filing has to be top notch, seasoning with spices and cooking and the way it’s finished off – so many variables.

“It’s such a simple looking product, but such a complex thing.

“Kerr absolutely nailed everything – it looked great, tasted great – and it shone above all the other entrants.”

More than 80 butchers and bakers entered over 450 pies, sausage rolls, bridies, savouries and apple pies into the competition.

Some 200 hopefuls attended the awards, with 11 category winners selected.

Ms Smillie said: “I have announced the winner for four years in a row now and I know what it means to win so I am delighted for The Little Bakery and for what the year ahead holds.

“But for every winner here today, they can be proud and I hope they all see business boom as they all enjoy their well-deserved success.”