Posted 16th Mar 2016
With the British Pie Awards having taken place last night, we speak to the supreme champions of last year's awards, the Great North Pie Company, about their artisan pies
How long has the Great North Pie Company been producing pies?
I have been producing pies for over eight years now. For four years it was a hobby whilst working in the Greater Manchester Police Force and then in August 2011 I took the plunge and decided to give pies a chance. I haven’t looked back and in 2012 my partner Sarah came on board and things have continued to move forward.
What is your favourite part about making artisan pies?
I love to focus on the quality of the ingredients. If you take your time getting the ingredients right, the quality of the flavour just follows through into the pies. I like to create new and unique flavour combinations, as well as taking classics and turning them on their head
Where do you source your ingredients from?
All of our ingredients are locally sourced where possible. Cheshire has great provenance when it comes to food and some of the best things can be found on our doorstep.
What is your favourite flavour of pie and why?
That’s a really tricky question, as I love all of the pies. The classic Lancashire cheese and onion pie is delicious and it is this pie that gave me the confidence to start a career with the pies after winning North West Fine Food Producer in a competition judged by Great British Menu winner, Nigel Howarth. The cheese and onion pie has also received acclaim from the British Pie Awards winning Best Pub Pie in Britain.
Sarah loves the chicken and mushroom pie which won us the title of Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards last year and is an interesting take on a great pie classic.
You were the Supreme Champion of the British Pie Awards 2015, what has winning meant for you?
Winning has been incredible, it was so unexpected and a real confidence boost. We just like to make good quality pies and take pride in what we do and it is great to know that people can taste that for themselves in our recipes.
Visit www.greatnorthpie.co.uk to find out more about the Great North Pie Company.