Cornwall will be the destination for many cooks from around the world in March for the very first World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project in St Austell.
This popular local delicacy was given protected status under EU law in 2011 and the Cornish Pasty Association, which is backing the event, hopes people from around the world will take part. The event is being held on March 3rd, the Saturday before St Piran’s Day.
Judges will be looking for the best Cornish pasty made to the traditional recipe and the Cornish Pasty Association has declared that an authentic pasty should have a distinctive ‘D’ shape and be crimped on one side, never on top. The filling should be ‘chunky, made up of uncooked mince or chunks of beef with swede, potato and onion and a light seasoning’ before being slow-baked.