One of Europe’s top chefs is voicing his displeasure with a vegan pie being awarded the highest honor at this year’s competition.
The 11th British Pie Awards concluded on Friday, with Jon Thorner’s vegan curried sweet potato, butternut squash and spinach receiving the award of “Supreme Champion.”
Jon Thorner’s pie beat out 886 other competitors, of which only around 70 were vegan pies.
This is the first time in the event’s history that a vegan pie has won the competition, and not everyone is pleased about it.
Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan, who has cooked for the Queen twice, criticized the event.
“Pies are supposed to be filled with the most delicious morsels of steak and liver and kidney, with the jelly and little pieces of fat in the middle delicately dripping onto your tongue,” Corrigan told The Telegraph.
The 55-year-old chef, who is known to be opinionated, added: “A vegan pie? Give me a break.”
“The oldest culinary art form left in the world and the vegans have taken it away. It’s a disgrace.
“The millennials have taken over. It’s not a pie competition. It’s a pie in the sky competition.”
However, the officials at the event seemed to think otherwise.
“There are a number of challenges to making a good vegan pie and this has cracked it,” said Colin Woodhead, head judge at the event.
“The pastry was exceptional with a crispness that complemented the filling,” he added.
British Pie Awards Chairman Matthew O’Callaghan also praised the pie, calling it “well deserving” and stating that it can be enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans alike.