Pure Pasty Wins World Pasty Championships with a Barbecue Chicken Pastry

Among the big winners was the Pure Pasty Co., based in Vienna, Virginia in the Washington DC suburbs, who were victorious in the Open Savory Company category with a barbecue chicken pasty made with sweet potato, zucchini, red pepper, corn and pineapple.

Pure Pasty founder Mike Burgess took home the Open Savory Company prize with a barbecue chicken creation made with sweet potato, courgette, red pepper, sweetcorn and pineapple.

“We are ecstatic with the win,” said Mr Burgess. “The winning pasty is a real team effort – an American fusion.”

Pastry Ambassador Award

A group of pasty enthusiasts from Bristol who have entered the competition every year it has been running were awarded the prestigious Pasty Ambassador award. This was the first time the award has been given to a group rather than an individual.

The group includes Don McKeever, who is the most decorated pasty-maker in the history of the World Pasty Championships with three wins and one second place to his name. This year, the group was smaller than usual due to the poor weather in the run up to the competition, but Don and a handful of others made it to Cornwall.

McKeever said: “We’ve worked hard over the years and we really enjoy the event. It’s really nice for the whole group to get the recognition this year”.

Gillian Francis from St Cleer, near Liskeard in Cornwall, won the Cornish Pasty Amateur category and came third in the Open Savory Amateur category despite only learning to crimp two weeks ago. “I’ve been testing out my pasties on my three sons for years but didn’t know how to crimp properly so I had to ask my next-door neighbor to teach me a few weeks ago. This is the first time I’ve entered the World Pasty Championships and I’m absolutely overwhelmed and shocked to win.”

Proper Cornish won the coveted title of Cornish Pasty Champions for this year, piping last year’s winners Cornish Premier Pasties at the post.


The full list of winners is:

Open Savory Junior
First – Jodie Heath, 12, from Bodmin with a Cornish smoked seafood pasty
Second – Imogen Hawkins, nine, from Wadebridge with a chicken pasty
Third – Naomi Hawkins, 7, from Wadebridge with a gammon pasty

Cornish Pasty Junior
First – Summer Lovejoy, nine, from Plymouth
Second – Jodie Heath, 12, from Bodmin
Third – Rhys Heath, 15, from Bodmin

Open Savory Company
First –The Pure Pasty Co. with a BBQ chicken pasty
Second – Warrens Bakery with a vegan yellow Thai pasty
Third – The Cornish Bakery with a Cornish smoked haddock pasty

Cornish Pasty Company
First – Proper Cornish Ltd.
Second – Cornish Premier Pasties
Third – The Cornish Bakery

Open Savory Professional
First -Luisa Ead from Padstow with a winner winner chicken dinner pasty
Yvonne Hollyoak from Bodmin with a broccoli and cauliflower cheese pasty
Abbi Flower from Bristol with a Moroccan Chickpea Pasty

Cornish Pasty Professional
First – Danny O’Flynn from Trevone
Second – Chris Bartolini from Millbrook
Third – Yvonne Hollyoak from Bodmin

Open Savory Amateur
First – Glyn Meredith from Porthleven with a skirt, cheese, peppers, paprika, garlic and coriander pasty.
Second – Jon Lovejoy from Plymouth with a lasagne pasty
Third – Gillian Francis from St Cleer with a pork, smoked streaky bacon, paprika and red chilli pasty

Cornish Pasty Amateur
First – Gillian Francis from St Cleer
Second – Jules Curnow from Helston
Third – Emma Pugsley from London

Caption: Photograph by Emily Whitfield-Wicks World Pasty Champs – Eden Project 2018. 

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