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Kilmarnock bakery crowned 2017 World Scotch Pie champion

Brownings, which had to rebrand its famous Killie Pie last year, saw off nearly 100 competitors.

The bakery formerly behind the Killie Pie have been named as the 2017 world Scotch pie champion.

Brownings the Bakers, based in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, claimed the title after a panel of tasters sampled more than 500 pies in the annual competition. 

John Gall, of Brownings, said he was almost lost for words after seeing off rivals to pick up the accolade.

Nearly 100 butchers and bakers entered in the hope of winning the coveted title, presented by TV personality Carol Smillie.

Judges in the Scottish Bakers-organised event, which has been running for 18 years, included former Celtic footballer Simon Donnelly and Partick Thistle general manager Ian Maxwell.

Mr Gall said: "We won, I am almost speechless. To have been given the ultimate accolade today and to be able to call our pie the world champion as judged by a panel of experts is just excellent.

"This award is proof of what I have known for a long time - that the Brownings team is the best in the land.

"I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to selling more of our champion pies than ever."

Earlier this year, Brownings the Bakers had to rebrand their famous Killie Pie to Kilmarnock Pie after a complaint from Kilmarnock FC over the trademarked name.

The bakery, which had supplied the match day catering for the club since 2003, had its contract terminated on May 31 last ye.

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