Steve Bennett won the Samuel Oldknow pie competition at the Marple Food Festival yesterday. Another superb day and another table full of entries for us pie loving judges to get our teeth into.
His nettle pie had an almost perfect firm crust, embedded with local nettles, with a spicy filling bulked through with cheese and tomato. It was a fitting and courageous entry from the man who won last year with his crayfish pie. This guy is the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of Marple.
The "professional" category was won by a delicious Ham Hock pie submitted by the Crown at Hawk Green. A nice twist to the tale is the chef there was a previous winner when he worked at Grenaby Farm bakery. He's still doing the business and clearly knows his pies.