Falkirk pie man’s uppercrust ambition

Willie Kemp
Willie Kemp

A butcher from Falkirk has made the shortlist of this year’s prestigious World Scotch Pie Championships.

Willie Kemp (50), who runs Jarvie and Kemp Butchers in Stirling with business partner Robert Jarvie, was one of a handful of highly-talented butchers and bakers who made it into the final stage of the competition run by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders.

Willie, who lives in Letham, was on tenterhooks as 50 judges munched away at sausage rolls, bridies and other succulent savouries to trim down the entries to a final shortlist at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline earlier this month and is now waiting to see if his pie will take the title of World Champion in January.

Allan Clarke, of Scottish Bakers, said: “This year has seen a particularly high standard of entries.”

Willie, who makes all his shop’s stock, sauces and gravy from scratch, started his career at Thomas Johnston in Falkirk.

He said: “To be a butcher nowadays you have to offer more than just stew and mince.”