World Pasty Championships start at Eden Project

Billy Deakin Billy Deakin said he had considered a cooking career but took the "techy route"

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Competitors from across the world have taken part in the World Pasty Championships.

More than 100 professional and amateur bakers are at the Eden Project in Cornwall in the second annual celebration of the dish.

The pasty was favoured by West Country miners who used the crimp as a handle to eat it while working underground.

Reigning champion Billy Deakin retained top spot in the Cornish Pasty Amateur category.

Henry Cornish, 14, son of last year's Cornish Pasty and Open Savoury Professional winner Graham Cornish, won the Open Savoury Junior category, while his brother Simon came second in the Cornish Pasty Junior category.

Web designer Mr Deakin, 34, from Mount Hawke in Cornwall, said: "It feels great to win. Last year it was a bit of a surprise but this year I really wanted to win.

"I made the same pasty I always make at home and the judges obviously liked it as much as I do. I put a lot of effort and time into it yesterday - I wanted to make sure it was as good as it could be."

He added: "I have always had a passion for food and I did think about it as a career, but I took the techy route."

Pop singer-turned-cookery book author Paul Young was among the special guests.

In 2011 the term "Cornish pasty" was given protected status by European lawmakers.

It means only pasties made in Cornwall can claim to be Cornish pasties, typified by being crimped on the side.

But some people dispute whether the dish of meat, potato, onion and turnip in a pastry casing originates from Cornwall or neighbouring Devon.

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