Ron proves he’s Upper Crust

SCARBOROUGH man Ron Clayton can now ‘steak’ his claim to being the town’s pie king after winning the Alma pub pie competition.

The 66-year-old baked his way to the crown after convincing the three-man judging panel that he had all the ingredients of a champion.

The judging panel had a tough time deliberating between the six steak pies that had been entered into the contest, with high praise being dished out to all the participants.

Judge Ray Watson said: “When we are judging we look for four things: Presentation, pastry, content and of course overall taste.

“I have won about 20 prizes at the Burniston Show, so I like to think I know a bit about cooking, and this is just a lovely pie.

“It’s really tasty and flavoursome, and the pastry is really soft and delicious.

“All together an excellent pie and a very worthy winner.”

The pub, in Alma Parade, Scarborough, regularly holds cooking competitions to raise money for various local charities.

Mr Clayton is no stranger to success, having won the pub’s pork pie prize.

However, his victory at the inaugural steak pie competition is his biggest success to date, and he was visibly elated after being announced the winner by referee Terry Flack.

He walked off with his prize of beer tokens from the pub.

However, he will have to stay focused as his next step is to enter the prestigious annual pork pie competition at the Leeds Tavern in October, which he states he has “high hopes of winning”.

Mr Clayton was more than happy to share his secrets in baking the perfect pie.

He said: “A good quality of pie has to have nice pastry, tender meat and a good gravy.

“The meat should be a good quality cut, and I like to use to Scottish shin beef.

“Planning and preparation well in advance is probably the most important thing, and really just keeping it simple is the real key to a guaranteed tasty pie.”

Three pies were baked by each participant, and with all leftover pies raffled off, the competition raised £82 for Macmillan Nurses Cancer Support.