Posted tagged ‘PGI’

Calling all pasty makers! Entries open for World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project in Cornwall

February 5, 2012

Think your pasties are up there with the world’s best? Well you can now put your beef skirt where your mouth is, as registration has opened for the first World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Few things are taken as seriously as pasties in Cornwall, so much so that the Cornish Pasty Association last  year landed European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the traditional recipe (albeit with a caveat to suit Ginsters). It means only pasties made in Cornwall to this recipe can be called “Cornish”.

Entries for the March 3 contest – just before the March 5 feast day of St Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners – will be strictly limited so early registration is advised.

The competition is open to professional and amateur pasty makers in Cornwall, the rest of the UK and across the world, with categories for traditional Cornish pasties and open sections for other varieties made east of the Tamar.

Entry costs £10 and includes free entry for the competitor and a plus one to Eden on Saturday, March 3.

Competitors can either enter online by going to or by ringing the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972.

The inaugural World Pasty Championships are a chance for professional and amateur pasty makers in Cornwall, the rest of the UK and across the world to parade their wares.

Competitors can enter categories for the traditional Cornish pasty or open sections for other varieties.


Damien Hirst likes the taste of them apples

October 20, 2011

A new work of art by the controversial artist Damien Hirst has been unveiled – the label of a bottle of brandy.

Damien Hirst's design

Mr Hirst, 46, has designed the box and bottle label for a limited edition run of 20-year-old Somerset Cider Brandy, thanks to the fashion designer Alice Temperley, a friend of the artist and daughter of distillery owner Julian Temperley.

Despite once being the enfant terrible of modern British art, best known for work featuring preserved and dissected animals, his latest work is a modernist “spin art”‘ splash of colours that will be less challenging for art lovers and drinkers alike.

Mr Temperley said “serious foodie” Hirst had made a deal with his daughter 10 years ago, when she was a fashion student, that he would design a label for the brandy.

After the spirit won Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status from the European Union last month, she called in the favour from the multimillionaire artist, who lives mainly in Devon with his partner and three sons, to design a label for the drink which celebrates the award.

“This is a huge gift from him,” Mr Temperley said today.

“He is a very good fellow. He did say to Alice 10 years ago that he would do a label.

“She reminded him at a fashion show after we won (PGI) and said that he had better do it.

“It is brilliant, it actually works as a celebration of victory.”

Designer Miss Temperley, 36, was made an MBE last March for services to the fashion industry.

Synonymous with glamour and elegance, she counts among her fans actresses Eva Mendez, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sienna Miller, Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry. The Duchess of Cambridge has also worn an outfit made by the designer, who has boutiques in London, New York, Los Angeles and Dubai.

Her family have been making Somerset Cider Brandy at Burrow Hill farm, near Kingsbury Episcopi, for 25 years and all the apples come from Somerset, mostly from the company’s own 150 acres of orchards.

The purpose of PGI status is to protect the reputation of regional foods and avoid non-genuine products misleading consumers.

The first written records of cider brandy go back to 1678 but the historic product was threatened when the European Commission and European member states drew up agreed definitions of brandy and it was removed from the list.

But cider brandy producers in Somerset received confirmation last month that the tipple will be given protected status, avoiding the risk of cheap imitations.

Only 500 bottles of the Hirst-bottled cider brandy will be sold, with 10 being auctioned off for charities including a South African orphanage.