Each year, pasty-makers take part in a unique event to find the pasty champions of the world.
Professionals, amateurs, the young and the not so young come together in a day of music and fun where Cornwall’s hero product is the unquestionable hero of the day.
The titles are fiercely battled and each year brings a few surprises. To compete in the Cornish pasty categories, all pasties have to be made in accordance with the PGI specification, including being made in Cornwall of course. However, each category also has an ‘open’ equivalent, where anything goes – and usually anything does go. Past championships have included all sorts of weird and wonderful creations, including road kill and insects!
The Cornish Pasty Association works closely with the Eden Project to make sure the day runs smoothly. We also help to make the judging process rigorous and fair, although to ensure absolute neutrality none of our members are directly involved in the judging itself.
The 2022 World Pasty Championships took place at the Eden Project on St Piran’s Day, Saturday March 5.
The categories are split into two sections: Cornish pasties (made in Cornwall following a traditional recipe) and open savoury categories for pasties with creative fillings or pasties from outside Cornwall.
Entrants can make either a Cornish pasty or a savoury pasty in the following sub-categories:
Here are the 2022 worthy winners:
Open Savoury Junior
1st – Summer Lovejoy, 13, from Plymouth – lasagne pasty
2nd – Daisy Lovejoy, 10, from Plymouth – spaghetti and meatballs pasty
3rd – Jessica Clemo, 9, from St Austell – chicken and chorizo pasty
Cornish Pasty Junior
1st – Carter Deakin, 7, from St Day
2nd – Summer Lovejoy, 13, from Plymouth
3rd – Daisy Lovejoy, 10, Plymouth
Open Savoury Company
1st – Phat Pasty Co. – peppered steakless vegan pasty
2nd – Proper Cornish Ltd – cheese, tomato and basil pasty
3rd – The Pure Pasty Co. – jerk chicken pasty
Cornish Pasty Company
1st – Cornish Premier Pasties Ltd – standard Cornish pasty
2nd – Cornish Premier Pasties Ltd – gourmet Cornish pasty
3rd – Phat Pasty Co
Open Savoury Professional
1st – Andy Heath from Bodmin – sweet and sour chicken pasty
2nd – Mikaela Parry from Calstock – chicken, bacon and leek pasty
3rd – Heidi Clemo from St Austell – chicken curry pasty
Cornish Pasty Professional
1st – Andy Heath from Bodmin
2nd – Damian Grochowalski from St Columb Major
3rd – Phil Price from Looe
Open Savoury Amateur
1st – Jodie Heath from Bodmin – sweet and sour chicken pasty
2nd – Billy Deakin from St Day – hog’s pudding and blue cheese pasty
3rd – Nigel Spooner from Cowes on the Isle of Wight – chicken, squash and anchovy pasty
Cornish Pasty Amateur
1st – Jon Lovejoy from Plymouth
2nd – Simon Richards from Tonbridge in Kent
3rd – Gillian Francis from Liskeard
World’s Fastest Crimper
Chloe Rowse of Proper Cornish
Read more about the day HERE.
Why not have a go next time? Entries are made online via the Eden Project and we’ll post a link later in the year when the process opens.
The celebration is always a brilliant showcase for home-grown musical and comedy talent and culminates in the much-anticipated awards ceremony where the champions are announced.
There’s comedy, music, plus plenty of pasty fun.