Career switch couple Julie and Neil Fletcher are celebrating a double achievement at the British Pie Awards.
The couple, behind Middlesbrough artisan pie company Pie Jackers, scooped a silver and a bronze at this year’s national awards held in Melton Mowbray.
The pair are thought to be the only pie makers in the Tees Valley to win British Pie Awards in the last two years – the couple won two golds in 2017.
It’s a great achievement for the newly-weds who left their PR and marketing roles to launch their pie business less than two years ago.
Julie said: “There were a record 963 entries this year and with some contestants coming from pie-making families who have been in the business for three and four generations it meant the competition was incredibly tough.
“We were also up against some of the biggest and best-known names in the pie world, so for a fledgling business like ours to bring a silver and bronze back home to Teesside is fantastic!
“We’re already planning some new flavours for next year.”
Pie Jackers’ pies to win awards this year were a Squash Spinach and Blue Cheese and a Steak Stout and Stilton. Last year it was their Steak Guinness and Black Pudding and their Hotshot Chicken that wowed the judges.
One of the couple’s goals is to supply pies to one family-run outlet in every town across Teesside and North Yorkshire and they’re already some way to achieving that goal.
Their pies are on the menu at Sticky Fingers Café/Bar in Middlesbrough, Oliver’s Fish and Chip Restaurant in Redcar and Taste Tea and Coffee Shop in Saltburn, and very soon they’ll be available at Billingham micro pub The Crafty Cock.
Pie Jackers also trades at farmers’ markets across Teesside and North Yorkshire including Stokesley, Saltburn, Stewart Park, Wynyard Hall, Richmond and Masham.
And, just to make sure they almost never have a spare minute Julie and Neil also cater parties from their customised catering trailer which they’ve nicknamed the Pie Pod.