IT’S been billed as the great British ‘pie-off’.
Tomorrow Channel 5 will see legendary Huddersfield pork pie champion Craig Midwood pitted against top actor Sean Wilson, best-known for playing put-upon Martin Platt in Coronation Street.
Foodie Sean and the Channel 5 production crew dropped in last summer to share recipe secrets with Craig – Hinchliffe’s head butcher and Pork Pie Appreciation Society’s Pork Pie Champion 2012 – when Sean filmed his new show, The Great Northern Cookbook.
Finally aired tomorrow night, Sean’s show will see him pie-off with Craig with the pair selling their prized pies to eager punters at the popular Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival.
Though best known for playing Martin Platt in Coronation Street, Sean is also a Michelin-trained chef and cheese maker of distinction (collecting a Gold Medal at the World Cheese Awards in 2011) and was keen to get Craig’s tips on pork pies.
Craig said: “It was good fun having him here and the film crew stayed for almost two days, filming until 9pm one night.
“I shared a few of my tips with him and then he made his own personalised versions, using his own meat filling and unusual additions such as pickle and chutney.
“Some of them were pretty good – but then again he did use our own jelly and pastry.”
Craig is no stranger to airing his pie-making talents.
In May 2012, the BBC’s The One Show dropped into Hinchliffe’s at Netherton with roving reporter Anita Rani learning the tricks of the pie trade and then taking her efforts to the 20th annual Pork Pie Competition, which Craig went on to win.
The Great Northern Cookbook series sees Sean explore the gastronomic heritage of many towns in the north of England, with a mission to take on four very distinct competitive challenges in each region.
Hinchliffe’s has been involved in farming for almost a century with four generations of the same family continuing to develop its reputation for excellence.