Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop resident pork pie aficionado teaches The One Show’s Anita Rani the secrets of an award-winning pie to die for.
The BBC’s The One Show paid a visit to Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop and Restaurant on Saturday to learn how to make the perfect pork pie ““ pies that beat off competition to win the 20th annual Pork Pie Competition!
The One Show’s roving reporter Anita Rani learned there was no better place to grasp the tricks of the trade than with Hinchliffe’s head butcher ““ and newly crowned 2012 Pork Pie champion ““ Craig Midwood.
Anita, known for taking part in the celebrity edition of the Great British Bake Off, spent the morning with Craig at the Huddersfield farm shop as he demonstrated exactly what’s involved in producing an award-winning pie, and Anita, who hails from curry capital of the North, Bradford, gave her pork pie a personal twist with fresh chillies and spices.
Both pie makers then went head-to-head in the Pork Pie Appreciation Society’s highly acclaimed competition at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden ““ a blind-tasting judged this year by celebrity chef Brian Turner ““ which saw Craig scoop the top prize.
_”I have quite a few years under my belt so I wasn’t too worried about the competition from Anita, although it was a surprisingly good first attempt!”_ said Craig. “But, then again, I didn’t expect to come first again!
_”A good pie starts with the very best, fresh ingredients to gain that winning edge, but there’s also an element of practice-makes-perfect when it comes to the perfect pie. It feels amazing to have won the judge’s approval 2 years on the trot.”_
Hinchliffe’s general manager Simon Hirst said: _”Craig certainly knows a thing or two about pies and Anita was a great sport and really took everything on board. We are over the moon to win the competition and the feedback on our pork pies has been incredible. It’s a real credit to the expertise of the butchery team here at Hinchliffe’s ““ we’re inundated with orders and the pies literally fly off the shelves!”_
In fact, the Netherton farm shop has just accepted an order for 5,000 pork pies from local manufacturing firm Cummins, where managers and staff will be getting their very own taste of Hinchliffe’s 2012 gold medal winners at a their 60th Anniversary company event!