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Pi Day Celebration as Vegan Named Supreme Champion at British Pie Awards

by | March 14, 2019

For the first time ever and to celebrate pi day, a vegan pie has won the top prize at the Brittish Pie Awards. A curried sweet potato, butternut squash and spinach vegan pie with an “exceptional” pastry by Jon Thorn were named Supreme Champion. The vegan pie beat out almost nine-hundred pies in the competition.

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The accolade for the vegan pie sparked outrage amongst top chefs. Richard Corrigan, an Irish chef who has cooked for the Queen, said to the Telegraph, that he “felt like crying” when the vegan pie scooped the top award at the British Pie Awards. The Michelin-starred chef said that “pies are supposed to be filled with the most delicious morsels of steak”, even going so far as to call the contest a “pie in the sky competition”.

Chairman of the awards, Matthew O’Callaghan, described the Supreme Champion vegan pie as “outstanding” and “well deserving of the accolade”, adding that “this pie isn’t just for vegans, it’s for everybody”.

Colin Woodgear, head judge of the eleventh annual pie competition recognized that there are many challenges involved in making a good vegan pie and that the winner had “cracked it”.

John Thorner’s butchers in Somerset had been making meat pies for over a decade. The butchers decided to branch out by making a vegan pie that would be accessible to everyone. Thorner said that they are “so thrilled at the level of success our pie has had.”

According to owner Mr. Thorner, the company has been making meat pies for more than ten years before branching out “in an effort to make our pies more accessible.”

“We’re so thrilled at the level of success our vegan pie has had,” said Thornton, adding “a seasoned carnivore would enjoy eating this pie.”

There seem to be new and delicious plant-based foods taking the place of traditional “meat” dishes every day, and I for one would love to get my hands on this pie for pi day


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Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via Julie@raisevegan.com

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