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Oggy Oscars Winners Revealed

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7:01am 4th March 2013

The best pasties in the world are officially made by a man from Mount Hawke.

Billy Deakin has won the title at the Eden Project for the second time in a row.

Last year he missed the prize giving ceremony because he had to get home to walk the dog.

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.

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.

Billy 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.

“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!”

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 has flown with Louisa from his home in New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA, to source ingredients fresh from a farm before preparing what hoped will be the perfect pasty.

Mike baked two different entries, a traditional Cornish pasty that adheres strictly to the European rules and in the non-Cornish category, one of his personal favourites, a lamb pasty with mint and a blending of traditional vegetables, all fresh and locally sourced.

Mike said: “We’re very grateful for the award and hope we can live up to the title, 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.”

Louisa said: “This is wonderful, it’s very nice to be recognised for having come so far and we’ll be back next year!”

Also known as the Olympics of the Oggy, the intense day-long competition in front of thousands of avid pasty fans celebrates Cornwall’s most famous food export in advance of St Piran’s Day on March 5. The competition is supported by the Cornish Pasty Association.

Graham Cornish, who won both the Cornish Pasty Professional and Open Savoury Professional categories last year, also attended the event. Rather than competing, Graham gave visitors the opportunity to sample his prize-winning pasties.

The full list of winners:

Cornish Pasty Amateur

Winner – Billy Deakin from Mount Hawke, Cornwall

Second - Jonathan Lovejoy from Plymstock, Plymouth

Third - Vanessa Farr from Bristol

Cornish Pasty Professional

Winner - Andy Heath from Bodmin, Cornwall

Second - Ryan Smedley from Padstow, Cornwall

Third - Tom Smith from Padstow, Cornwall


Cornish Pasty Company

Winner - Pasty Presto

Second - Warrens Bakery

Third - Brian Etherington Meat Company

Cornish Pasty Junior

Winner - Tabitha Delbridge, aged 6 from Helston, Cornwall

Second - Simon Cornish, aged 11, from Launceston, Cornwall

Third - Jessica Piotrowicz, aged 11, from Redruth, Cornwall

Open Savoury Amateur

Winner – Terry O’Connor from Watford.

Second – Mary Jane Burrage from Bristol

Third – Laura-Jayne Atkinson from Feock, Cornwall

Open Savoury Professional

Winner – Luisa Ead from Padstow, Cornwall

Second – Jason Jobling from Penzance, Cornwall

Third – Dave Plechowicz from St Stephen, Cornwall


Open Savoury Company

Winner – Chough Bakery

Second – The Royal Marine

Third – Pasty Presto


Open Savoury Junior

Winner – Henry Cornish, aged 14, from Launceston

Second – Christie Underwood

Third – Liam Cudlipp, aged 4, from Bodmin, Cornwall

7:01am 4th March 2013

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