Cornwall facing pasty challenge
A chef is creating a luxurious Cornish pasty costing £230 using beef flown in from Japan, peppercorns from India and potatoes from Illinois, US.
Richard Shaw, who runs Southwick Village Stores in Hampshire, is hoping his creation called the Very Important Pasty will now win the World Pasty Championships being held this weekend at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The 33-year-old said that his ingredients, including Japanese Wagu beef, have travelled a total of 11,300 air miles to reach his kitchen.
He said: "We're heading to the Eden project this year for the world pasty championship, the Oscars of the oggies.
"We have entered five categories and are going for first place, let's beat the Cornish on their own doorstep.
"Our main pasty is the VIP (very important pasty) using the world's best ingredients, £230 for one pasty.
"Wagu beef is incredible, but incredibly expensive, 11,300 air miles to bring all the ingredients to Southwick.
"We are making just three of these pasties, one for the competition, one for us to try before we make the competition pasty, in case it needs tweaking, and one which we will make next week and auction off for the Rowans Hospice."
Other ingredients include onions imported from France, swede from Scotland and flour from the Netherlands.