World Pasty Championships champ Billy Deakin filled with pride after victory
Reigning champion Billy Deakin scooped the top honours for the second year in a row at the World Pasty Championships, staged at the Eden Project at the weekend.
Mr Deakin, from Mount Hawke, near Truro, triumphed in the amateur Cornish pasty category of the prestigious awards which were staged on Saturday. Last year he missed the prize-giving ceremony because he had to get home to walk his dog Zero.
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"It feels great to win, last year it was a bit of a surprise but this year I really wanted to win," he said.
"I made the same pasty I always make at home and the judges obviously liked it as much as I do. I put a lot of effort and time into it yesterday – I wanted to make sure it was as good as it could be.
"I'm over the moon, it's been a really good day, loads of great entertainment and it tops it off to actually win again. We've put the dog in a kennels and we're out celebrating tonight so it could be a late one."
Aptly-named 14-year-old Henry Cornish, son of last year's professional winner Graham Cornish, won the open savoury junior category while his brother Simon came second in the junior Cornish pasty section.
"I'm a bit surprised to be honest," Henry said. "I wasn't really expecting it because I entered just for fun but I'm really happy. My dad winning last year opened up my eyes so I thought that I would have a go this year.
"I did a pizza pasty because I absolutely love pizza so I thought why don't I try and make it into a pasty."
More than 125 professional and amateur bakers descended on Eden and winners across eight categories were announced at a ceremony dubbed the "Oggy Oscars".
Cornwall-born Mike Amery, who flew in from Pennsylvania, in the United States, to compete was handed a special "pasty ambassador" award with his friend Louisa Haggerty.
"We're very grateful for the award and hope we can live up to the title," he said. "We'll now have to spread the word across the whole US.
"I definitely have some ideas to develop my pasties so we shall see what next year brings."
In addition to the competition, the event was packed with home-grown entertainment and activities, from live music, comedy and pasty workshops, to beer tasting at the Sharp's real ale bar and speed-crimping competitions.