Winning awards for their products is no ‘pie in the sky’ ambition for Falkirk butchers Thomas Johnston.
The family-run firm had the quality of the goods it produces recognised once again when it won two ‘Oscars’ at the 2014 Scotch Pie Awardss.
This time it was their handmade bridies and sausage rolls that impressed the judges enough to earn them diamond and silver accolades.
Richard Johnston, who with his brother Graeme runs the business established over 152 years ago by their great-great uncle Thomas Johnston, said: “We are delighted with our wins in two categories and went away with our heads held very high indeed. To have been judged one of the best in the country against so many of our peers is a huge achievement.”
The awards were presented at a gala lunch in Dunfermline followed a busy day of judging. A record entry of 100 of Scotland’s best butchers and bakers put their pies, pastries, sausage rolls, bridies and savouries to the ultimate test.
Head judge Robert Ross said: “Recognising the ‘great and the good’ in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.”
Alan Clarke of Scottish Bakers said: “The event brought together the best pies and baked goods in Scotland and we can only celebrate the achievements of our hard working butchers and bakers.”
There was also success at the championships for local butcher Willie Kemp from Letham who is co-owner of Jarvie and Kemp Butchers in Stirling. The partners, who have been in business for just over a year, won gold for their chicken curry pie and silver for their chicken and ham in a cream sauce savoury.
The main award - World Scotch Pie Champion - went to The Kandy Bar in Saltcoats.