Another win for reigning champion at Eden's World Pasty Championships
Reigning champion Billy Deakin was the big winner in the second annual World Pasty Championships, held at the Eden Project in Cornwall today.
Mr Deakin, from Mount Hawke, Cornwall regained the champion spot in the Cornish Pasty Amateur category of the prestigious awards. Last year he missed the prize-giving ceremony because he had to get home to walk his dog Zero.
Henry Cornish, 14, son of last year's Cornish Pasty and Open Savoury Professional winner Graham Cornish, won the Open Savoury Junior category while his brother Simon came second in the Cornish Pasty Junior category.This year's Cornish Pasty Professional Winner was Andy Heath, from Bodmin.
More than 125 professional and amateur bakers descended on Eden and winners across eight categories were announced at a ceremony dubbed the Oggy Oscars in Eden's Visitor Centre.
Mr Deakin said: "It feels great to win, last year it was a bit of a surprise but this year I really wanted to win.
"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."
Henry Cornish said: "I'm a bit surprised to be honest, 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."
Also recognised on the day was Cornwall-born Mike Amery, who is the co-winner of the special Pasty Ambassador award with his friend Louisa Haggerty. Mike is so passionate about the pasty he had flown with Louisa from his home in New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA, to source ingredients fresh from a farm before preparing what he hoped would be the perfect pasty.
The day-long event also included pasty making workshops and demonstrations from the Chough Bakery, activities for children and entertainment from entertainers including the Kernow King, the Cornish Wurzels and Hedluv and Passman.