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Chefs fly in for World Pasty Championships

The World Pasty Championships are being held at the Eden Project tomorrow, and competition is fierce.

Chefs are coming from as far away as Canada and the USA to compete in the 'Oscars of the Oggies'.

The competition is open to amateurs, professionals and juniors

One baker has even created a 'VIP' pasty that costs a whopping £230.

Richard Shaw has reinvented the traditional snack using the finest wagyu beef from Japan and other exotic ingredients - clocking up eleven-thousand air miles.

Is this the perfect pasty? Credit: ITV News


Pasty championships get underway

Cornishman Mike Amery has flown from the USA to compete Credit: The Eden Project

The World Pasty Championships are underway at the Eden Project this morning. More than 100 professional and amateur bakers are taking part in the second annual event. Among them is Cornish-born Mike Amery, who has come from his home in Pennsylvania, USA, to take part.

Mike is baking a traditional Cornish pasty and - in the non-Cornish category - a lamb and mint version. Last year's amateur winner Billy Deakin will attempt to retain his title, but his professional counterpart Graham Cornish won't be competing.

Instead, Graham is offering visitors the chance to sample his produce. The climax of the event is the Oggy Oscars Awards Ceremony at 5pm.

Chefs get ready for Pasty Championships

The pasty is culturally and historically important to the West Country Credit: PA

Competitors from across the globe are expected to descend on Cornwall to pit their culinary wits for the World Pasty Championships.

More than 100 professional and amateur bakers are heading to the Eden Project to compete in the second annual celebration of the dish.