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Mud champions at the 2023 British Pie Awards

On a winning streak

Mud has triumphed at the prestigious British Pie Awards, winning Class Champion for our Game Pie (for the third time!) and Class Champion for our Gluten-Free Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie (first time for one of our gluten-free range). Christian and Filipe were there to receive the trophies.

We also won Highly Commended for our Wild Venison in Red Wine Gravy and Highly Commended for our Gluten-Free Steak and Kidney Pie. As well as many gold, silver and bronze medals for our other pies, most notably gold for our Steak and Ale and silver for our Steak and Stilton.

Competition at pie week, pies being judged on the table

Competition was stiff – there’s a lot at ‘steak’!

The British Pie Awards, which has been going for 14 years, is judged in Britain’s pie capital, Melton Mowbray and attracts pie producers large and small from across the land. This year over 900 pies were entered into 23 classes - sweet and savoury.

There were some surprise entries too, with everything from fusion pies, such as balti and vindaloo, to kebab pies. However, traditional meat-based pies dominated the top four classes. A team of 140 judges was required for the monumental task of deciding on the winners.

A good start to 2023

Christian said, “This is a very special year for us, it feels like quite a momentous occasion.  It's a hat trick for our Game Pie, as it's the third time it’s been crowned a champion winning pie! And it's also the first time being crowned champion with one of our recently-launched gluten-free range. I'm very proud and thankful to my fantastic team of pie-oneers, who work tirelessly to keep our standards at the highest level."

Christian with Mud Foods trophies and awards
Mud foods lamb specialty pie cut open

High quality, locally-sourced ingredients

Mud prides itself on sourcing all our ingredients from trusted local producers, as close to home as possible. One of the unique things about Mud is that we make our pastry with butter, not margarine, and we give our pastry time to relax, using the natural method - not the fast way, with additives to bypass nature. We think you can taste the difference.

New gluten-free range of pies

We were particularly pleased that our Gluten-Free Chicken, Ham and Leek won first prize, as our gluten-free range is relatively new and it’s a great honour for it to be recognized with this award.

Christian and his pastry team have worked tirelessly to perfect a delicious gluten-free pastry.  This pie is testament to that. It contains British free-range chicken and ham from outdoor-reared pork in a creamy white wine sauce, flavoured with the subtle use of garlic, wholegrain mustard and herbs. 

Pie week award winning gluten free pie by mud foods

Watch our short film from the British Pie Awards 2023

British Pie Awards photos by Martin Elliot at mepics

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