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Corniche Pastie takes top prize at food fair


Corniche Pastie takes top prize at food fair

Famed pastie from the Abu Dhabi corniche snatches top gong at Olde Emirati Food Fayre

ABU DHABI: Pastry-based perfection was rewarded at yesterday’s Olde Emirati Food Fayre, with Abu Dhabi baker Mohammad Penforth-Jones scooping the top prize for his Corniche Pasties. Penforth-Jones, 89, fought off stiff competition from the likes of Sharjah Stilton, Ajman Camel Jerky, and the disqualified Ras-Al PorkPiemah, to lift the trophy for the third year running.

“The exact recipe to our pasties is a closely guarded secret,” said a visibly emotional Penforth-Jones, standing atop the event’s famous cheese-wedge plinth. “However, I can assure you that they’ve been handcrafted in the same way by master bakers of the Abu Dhabi Corniche – for almost five years.”

Corniche Pasties recently hit the headlines after a ruling by the Gulf Pies and Pastries Associate last week to award the tasty snacks Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, meaning that only pasties prepared and cooked by a corniche could by sold as Corniche Pasties. The move, which will be enforced from 2012, spelled instant disaster for traders such as Bakr’s Bakers, who has been preparing corniche-style pasties from a stall located over 100 metres from the Doha Corniche.

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