Celiac.com 04/15/2016 - Among the winners in the eighth annual British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray, The Rutland Pie Company, based in Pillings Road, Oakham, was highly commended in the dessert pie class.

Photo: CC--Pok PokRutland's head pie maker Ian Curtis also won a gold award for his steak, ale and mushroom pie; silver for a cold chicken, ham and leek pie, and bronze for his gluten-free steak, ale and mushroom pie.

Curtis said: "This is only our first proper year of trading so to be recognized at the British Pie Awards is fantastic - I'm really proud. I was particularly pleased my gluten-free pie was recognized. It took a lot of effort to get the recipe right - using a mix of rice, tapioca and potato flours. It's great that local pie makers are getting the recognition they deserve."

Matthew O'Callaghan, chairman of the British Pie Awards, was full of praise for those who earn a crust producing top quality pies. He offered his "sincere thanks to all involved, including our judges, sponsors, volunteers and of course, all our wonderful pie makers."

Winning chefs wowed a panel of top pie experts, including TV chef Andy Bates, food critic Charles Campion and chef Rachel Green.

Meanwhile, those in the Oakham area looking for a good gluten-free pie might want to stop by the The Rutland Pie Company in Pillings Road.

Read more at the Stamfordmercury.co.uk.

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