Jan 16 2013 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Airdrie is the home of the best Scotch pie in the world – and it’s official!
Popular bakers JB Christie’s made mince meat of competition from over 100 rivals to come out on top in the World Scotch Pie Championship.
And as if that lofty global achievement wasn’t enough, the Flowerhill Industrial Estate-based firm’s status as lord of the pies was confirmed when they also picked up a Gold Award for their onion pie.
The staggering double display of dominance in the pie field is a remarkable introduction for new owner Andrew Chisholm.
Andrew bought the bakers from former owner John Christie three months ago and was thrilled to produce the best pie in the land.
He said: “Words cannot express how delighted we are to have been given the ultimate accolade and to be able to call our pie the world champion as judged by a panel of experts is just fantastic.
“I only bought the business a few months ago so this award is a testament to the JB Christie’s team, who are the best.
“I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to selling more of our winning pies than ever.”
Christie’s has shops at Graham Street in Airdrie and Main Street, Coatbridge which are regularly queued out the door, and Andrew thinks he knows the reason why.
He said: “Every single product is a winner.
“I knew when I bought Christie’s that it was a great business and it’s wonderful to see this kind of recognition.
“I came from a business that supplied flour and saw first-hand how people are willing to pay when the ingredients are of a high quality.”
Andrew speaks very highly of his predecessor John Christie and was keen to build on his foundations.
He said: “John Christie was a quiet man and sometimes shunned the limelight.
“I felt we should go in for all of the competitions we could and get the widespread recognition the firm’s products deserve.”
The World Scotch Pie title has an extra level of quirky significance for Andrew, who also had a funny story to tell about the winning trophy.
He said: “As a former supplier, I spent the last 10 years as a judge so the shoe’s very much on the other foot now.
“But I’m pretty sure it’s better being on this side of the contest.
“And it was funny, when we brought the pie-shaped trophy back someone asked if that was the actual winning pie.”
Christie’s extraordinary achievement is summed up by World Scotch Pie Championship head judge Robert Ross, who made clear the standards required to win the contest.
He said: “The competition, which has run for 14 years, aims to highlight that bakers and butchers create high quality artisan pastry products.
“Recognising the great and the good in this way rewards excellence and raises the bar in the industry.”
Airdrie MSP Alex Neil added his congratulations to JB Christie’s.
He said: “This is great news for Airdrie and gives the town a reason to celebrate.
“Having the best Scotch pie maker in the world is something that the whole of Airdrie can benefit from as it is a mark of quality.”