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Just ahead of Christmas, a Cornish Pirates propping pair comprising Jack Andrew and Craig Mitchell have taken part in a seasonal Pasty Cook Off event.
The perfect venue for the ‘competition’ to take place was the fantastic new Cornwall Kitchen at Cornwall Channel TV’s studio located at Coldrenick Farm, Bodmin, and using her considerable expertise to teach the lads the art of making a good pasty was Marion Symonds from Portreath Bakery Ltd.
Using the best of ingredients provided by Portreath Bakery Ltd, Roseworthy Farms, Davidstow Cornwall and St. Austell Brewery Ltd, this Cook Off was also supported by ITEC.
Mentioning St. Austell Brewery, the two players welcomed the opportunity to settle nerves with a bottle of ‘Tribute’, plus it also makes the perfect pairing for all our festive favourites, whether that be turkey, chicken or even (unconventionally) a Cornish pasty.
Now, after listening to and watching Marion show the duo how to prepare pasties for baking, including the important ‘pull, tuck, pinch’ crimping method, Jack was delegated with making a traditional Cornish pasty, and Craig a cheese & onion one.
And who was the winner? Well, it proved a difficult decision for Marion, so with little hesitation she happily declared it a draw – making the propping pair both winners!
Speaking on behalf of the Cornish Pirates, Robin James said:
A big thank you to all our loyal sponsors and friends, I would love to see more baking by Jack and Mitch and as much as we all have missed ‘crouch, bind & set’ it was magic to see them ‘pull, tuck & pinch’ – great coaching by Marion!
It was also wonderful filming by Shane (Solomon) and his team at the fantastic Cornwall Kitchen.
To view the Pasty Cook Off click the link below.
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