Baker filling with joy after pork pie win

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A baker now has her name encrusted in pie competition history after wowing judges with her spicy pork recipe.

Charmaine Coates was filled with joy when she took second place in The Old Bridge Inn Pork Pie Competition on June 4.

Miss Coates, who runs The Gourmet Pork Pie Co in Woodkirk, beat a host of businesses in the Artisan Pork Pie category with her spicy mango chutney and mature cheddar entry.

She said: “I’m over the moon with the competition.

“The business is just run by me and it’s only been going for a year part time so to beat big companies is great.

“First would have been lovely but I’m really happy.”

Miss Coates, 46, also submitted a pork pie with stilton for the Traditional category of the competition.

The contest was organised by The Pork Pie Appreciation Society.

It was held at the Old Bridge Inn pub in Ripponden, Calderdale.

Miss Coates said: “I don’t like to follow the norm and everyone always does the same thing with their entries.

“My entry was a little bit different because it was spicy, which everyone enjoys.”

She bakes all her pies from home in Woodkirk and her business was first called Woodkirk Valley Pork Pies until a recent re brand.

She added: “All of the pies produced are hand made, from scratch, with no industrial machinery. Where possible, I source and use ingredients produced in Yorkshire.”

For her competition second-place, she was presented with a special trophy.

Miss Coates was pipped to first place by Peter Middlemiss, from Otley, who stole the show with his pork, chicken and stuffing pie.

Bolster Moor Farm Shop, based in Huddersfield, scooped the top spot in the Traditional Pork Pie competition.