IT’S a quest to find the upper crust.
And Sheffield has very much got an eye on the pies prize.
Sheffield’s ‘Full Monty’ dish has made it through to the final in the quest for the ultimate northern pie
The city will be represented in the grand final of a ‘pie of the north’ competition with a unique Full Monty pie comprising sausage, bacon and egg.
It’s one of a ‘Baker’s Dozen’ of pies representing the tastes and flavours of the towns and cities of the north of England about to go head to head for the very first time in a bid to discover which pie can truly be declared ‘cock o’ the north’.
A colourful list of rival pies includes a fish special from Hull, a Scouse delight from Liverpool, a black pudding pie from Bury, a beef and Yorkshire pudding from Leeds, and a ‘posh pie’ from York comprising steak with chantel mushrooms in Burgundy sauce and a hint of dark chocolate.
Neil Court-Johnston, MD of Poole’s Pies, invited pie lovers to nominate a pie for their town, city or region.
He said: “We came to the conclusion that the north is so diverse and every region has particular tastes and foods that are an important aspect of their identity.
“We decided to invite people from the Humber to the Mersey, from The Peak District to the Borders, to give people a chance to nominate a pie that reflects their region and then pit the most popular against each other.
“It has proved very popular and the people of the north have come up with some real belters.”
The pies will be put before chef John Benson-Smith and a panel with the winner announced on November 27.
n Log on to Pooles Pies to vote.