Learning to be a Scotch Pie Master at Campbell’s

The internet is a wonderful thing.

In September we were recruiting for a Bakery Assistant. To entice potential candidates, we advertised ‘Learn on the job! Become a Scotch Pie Shell master!’. 

As it turns out, Bruce Hall, a chef from Los Angeles, California was looking to do just that!

A few days later, the phone rang: ‘Iain, there’s a guy on the phone from California’, said Susie. Iain thought she meant California near Falkirk!

Bruce explained that he wanted to come to Scotland to learn how to make Scotch pies for a new restaurant venture with MacLeod Ale, a microbrewery in Van Nuys, California – next door to Hollywood.

Flattered and a little intrigued, Iain and Ailsa warmly invited Bruce to join in production during the lead up to Christmas where Bruce could immerse himself in all things pie related and then some.

We picked Bruce up at the airport on 26 November and the following day he got stuck in mastering pie shells, making Haggis from scratch, helping make the endless Christmas mince pies… he has been a real help!

Bruce has fit right in and it has been a great experience for Campbell’s too! Read Bruce’s blog about his experience here.

Bruce’s visit has attracted some attention! After the front page news story in the The Courier, Iain and Bruce are heading to Glasgow on Friday, 15th December to be on BBC Radio Scotland’s Kaye Adams show. Of course they’ll be bringing a few pies with them!

Sadly, Bruce’s visit comes to an end this Sunday 17th December. However, Bruce says he’ll be back to compete in the World Scotch Pie Championships one day!