An award celebrating a centuries-old British delicacy has been won by a Chilean miner who can not speak English.
Jorge Pereira, who was attending the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project in Cornwall as part of a two-month visit to the UK, won the open savoury amateur category with an empanada Chilena, a traditional Chilean pasty made with beef, onion, hard-boiled egg, olives and sultanas.
The origins of the pasty are themselves disputed between those from Cornwall and Devon, and date back to the 14th century when miners used to graze on the pastry-based finger food while working underground. A traditional Cornish pasty features chuck steak, potato, turnip and onion and is crimped on the side, while the Devon variety is crimped on the top.
Mr Pereira said through his wife Gail Cleverdon: "I feel very excited and happy to be so far from my country to win such a prize. It's all about getting recognition for my country rather than winning."
88 year old Betty Lethbridge mother of Fisherman's Friends singer John Lethbridge, won the amateur title.
The veteran crimper, from St Kew, said: "I've been making them for years and years. I started when I was eight years old. Mother used to make pasties so I used to roll the pastry out on a bench. You need to get really good meat to make a pasty and the seasoning is important."
The highest marks in the competition were awarded to professional winner Andy Heath from Bodmin, who scored 96 out of 100, and open savoury professional winner Luisa Ead from Padstow, who scored 97 with a smoked haddock, white wine and mustard pasty.
In the company categories, West Cornwall Pasty Company was victorious for the second year running. The event attracted around 150 pasty entries, a similar figure to last year, which was the highest to that point.
The fourth World Pasty Championships was a very memorable one for sure. Mrs Lethbridge's win was such a heart-warming story. We commend the entrants who took so much pride in their pasties.
The Cornish pasty has had protective status since 2011, a distinctive sign used to identify it as originating from a certain place.
The following year, scores of bakers and consumers joined forces with politicians and regional newspaper the Western Morning News in a successful bid to force a Government U-turn on the controversial pasty tax.
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The head chef at the Eden Project in Cornwall has cooked up a novel way to mark the beginning of the World Pasty Championships - by creating an enormous Cornish pasty in the shape of the earth.
Tony Trenerry spent more than eight hours slaving over the colossal snack. It's 70cm in diameter, and needed an extra large oven.
He said it was the toughest, and heaviest, baking challenge of his career.
He said: "I was inspired by the amazing collection of competitive pasties at last year's World Pasty Championships and wanted to do my bit to inspire entrants to this year's competition.
"Word about the competition is spreading and, as well as local bakers, we have had interest from around the world, including enquiries from the US and Canada."
I was inspired by the amazing collection of competitive pasties at last year's World Pasty Championships and wanted to do my bit to inspire entrants to this year's competition.
The Government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be at the Eden Project later as part of a study into tourism.
Representatives will take a tour around the project before meeting key figures in the industry. The aim of the visit is to encourage tourism outside London - and discuss the future of the industry in Cornwall.
The Eden Project in Cornwall has come up with a rather unusual way of housing tourists; packing them in shipping containers.Read the full story ›
Cornwall's Eden Project unveils its biggest ever apprenticeship scheme today.
More than 20 apprentices will be taken on at the end of the month. They'll work in a variety of areas including horticulture, vehicle maintenance and hospitality.
The scheme is being run in partnership with Cornwall College and the Edge Foundation.
A new dinosaur exhibition opens at the Eden Project today. Set again the backdrop of the biomes, guests can become explorers and discover just how these prehistoric predators once lived. The exhibition will run all Summer until the start of September.
It's looking like this year will be the best ever for the bananas grown at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The banana plants in the rainforest biome are currently in bloom with their clusters of fruit and flowers, and they are in for a bumper harvest. The plants are also grown outside, sheltered by the biomes.
Horticulturalist, Hetty Ninnis tells us why this year has been such a success:
It's looking like this year will be the best ever for the bananas grown at the Eden Project in Cornwall.The banana plants in the rainforest biome are currently in bloom with their clusters of fruit and flowers, and they are in for a bumper harvest.
The plants are also grown outside, sheltered by the biomes.
Thousands of people across the west country enjoyed a Sunday lunch with a difference yesterday. They were taking part in the Big Lunch, started four years ago as a way of bringing local communities together.
It's a national event now, run by the Big Lottery Fund, but it all started down here and is still led by the Eden Project as John Andrews reports.
One of Cornwall's most successful male choirs is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a very special concert.
The Mevagissey Male Voice Choir will be performing at the Eden Project, with full symphony accompaniment, and even the Military Wives.
Cornwall has a long and proud tradition of male voice choirs, going back to the days when miners would sing together in chapel.
Friday's performance could be the biggest gig of their careers, as Kathy Wardle reports.