World pasty championships

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.

Championship categories

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:

  • Company: For pasties from companies (bakeries, butchers, pubs, corner shops etc) that are certified producers of genuine Cornish pasties.  These must be standard production pasties that are sold by the company entering.
  • ProfessionalThose who work in the catering industry as a professional baker or cook, who are entering their own pasty recipe in their own name.  This MUST NOT be a commercial pasty that is on sale anywhere and must be registered in person on the day by the entrant.
  • AmateurPeople aged 16 and over on the date of the competition who do not work in the catering industry as a professional baker or cook.
  • JuniorPeople aged 15 and under on the date of the competition.

The winners

       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  

Take part in the competition

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. 

Come along to watch

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.

Check out the Eden Project for more information nearer the time. 

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