Claire is UK c-ham-pion in pork pie competition with her exotic combination

C-ham-pion Claire Tunnard with her winning pork pie EMN-161017-094714001
C-ham-pion Claire Tunnard with her winning pork pie EMN-161017-094714001

A Boston woman has won a national pork pie competition with her recipe inspired by continents afar.

Claire Tunnard, 44, lives on a family farm in Wigtoft with husband Matt, sons Oliver and George, their two dogs and three horses.

The competition, Your Pie, Your Way, was run by Pork Farms, a leading UK pork-pie supplier.

Claire, who owns a payroll company in Boston, and her family are self-confessed foodies. Claire said: “We all love food, we’re always busy outside, so build up a good appetite.”

She added: “The whole family loves pork pies, but we have always just enjoyed the traditional flavour before this.”

The winning pork pie, voted for by the British public, includes Thai-style pork, lemongrass and coconut.

On her inspiration for the flavour, Claire said: “We chose a Thai-inspired pie as Thai food is one of our favourites. I liked the idea of combining a very traditional flavour with something a little more unusual.”

The pie was launched at the Robin Hood Game and Country Show, in Newark, and Claire told The Standard: “It tasted delicious and seemed to be very well received by the public.”

Head chef at Pork Farms Brian Poulson said: “We have been amazed by the imagination and culinary flair of all our competition entrants.”

About the winning recipe, Brian said: “Claire’s pie has a lovely balanced flavour, which is complemented by our crisp hot water crust pastry.”

Claire added: “I was so surprised to find out I had won the competition, especially as it was a national one.”

The limited edition Thai pork, lemongrass and coconut pie is not yet available to buy, but Claire said: “Hopefully it will make it into the shops soon.”