The search is on to find the next British Pie Week Pub Pie Champion. Now in its fifth year, http://www.britishpieweek.co.uk/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Jus-Rol](http://www.jusrolfoodservice.co.uk/) is calling on chefs to send in their best pub pie recipes for the chance to be crowned the 2012 Pub Pie Champion.
The annual celebration of licensed trade pie-making expertise, which will be the highlight to the national event, [British Pie Week (5-11 March 2012), gives chefs the chance to create their most innovative pie recipes.
There are a host of prizes on offer for the winner including a £500 cash prize, a personalised chef's jacket, the coveted British Pie Week trophy and national and trade press coverage for the chef and their pub.
To enter, chefs simply need to visit www.britishpieweek.co.uk and fill in the form before 29 January 2012. The winner will be announced during the climax of Jus-Rol's winter long pie celebrations - British Pie Week.
Reigning Pub Pie Champion is Craig Hennessey, whose 2011 winning creation was the Cumberland Tattie Pot. Hennessey says the secret of his pie success is that "good pies need to be handcrafted - they are made using fresh ingredients, bought locally to keep small companies in business".
Recent research from Mintel has underlined the integral role of the pie in British cuisine. It shows that 84% of people have enjoyed a pie or pastry dish in the past 12 months - so there has never been a better time for caterers to review their offering and profit from Britain's favourite pastry dish.