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Cumbria Chef Is British Pie Week Champion

8th Mar 2011

23 year old Craig Hennessey won the 2011 Pub Pie Champion with his Cumberland Tattie Pot. The pie impressed the judges of this year's award, which was run in partnership with the Morning Advertiser. Hennessey said the secret of his culinary success was that good pies need to be hand-crafted and added: "I'm really excited to have won... Pies are so important because they are part of our pub heritage, especially in Cumbria." "Not offering pies on the menu would be like not having Cumberland sausage & mash. There'd be absolute uproar." Hennessey's winning pie puts a new spin on a traditional Cumbrian speciality featuring Jus-Rol shortcrust pastry, Herdwick hogget (a lamb older than a year), garlic cloves, potatoes, carrots, shallots and black pudding accompanied by red cabbage prepared with a secret recipe. "Too many pubs have closed. The traditional ale pub is dying and gastropubs are growing in popularity. Quality has to be there for a pub to survive and that's only possible by working with the very best local fresh suppliers available. You just won't get that from frozen ready-meals." said Hennessey. Hennessey began working in the pub industry as a kitchen porter and has spent the past four years working his way up to become a chef. He also butchers his own meat. Hennessey's victory comes in the run-up to next week's British Pie Week, which celebrates the nation's long love affair with pies of every kind. Carol Haime from Surrey, Rebecca White from Nottinghamshire, Carl Smith from central London and DJ Johnston-Smith, from Edinburgh also made it to the final round of the British Pie Week Pub Pie Champion contest.

Source: Morning Advertiser

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