IT contains some of the world’s most luxurious food items and now Richard Shaw’s ultra-expensive pasty will fight it out in the world championships.
Richard, who runs Southwick Village Stores, is raising the bar for the beloved pasty at this year’s event, due to take place on Saturday at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The 33-year-old has flown ingredients from all over the world to create his aptly-named Very Important Pasty.
While the main recipe may seem standard – it includes tellicherry peppercorns from India, potatoes from Illionois in the US, onions from France, swede from Scotland and flour from Holland – it’s the meat where the luxury truly tells.
Wagyu steak is being shipped in from Japan at the cost of £500 per kilogram.
The meat is prized for its tenderness and the cows that produce it are rumoured to enjoy beer massages during their pampered lives.
Richard, a father-of-six, said: ‘We came eighth in the contest last year but that was due to a lack of experience.
‘These days we are turning over 3,000 pasties a week and with the VIP we’re going for gold.’
The items on Richard’s shopping list have journeyed a total of 11,300 air miles.
He said: ‘All of these ingredients will be used to create three pasties.
‘One for us all to eat, another for the world championships and the third one going for auction to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.’
The village store has set it sights on first place at the contest as well as an international record – the most expensive pasty ever made.
The store is no stranger to unusual pasties and it is well-known for its wacky creations.
Last year it made the world’s hottest pasty with ghost chillis as well as D-Day commemoration pasties containing snails, spam and boeuf bourguignon.
Bakery apprentice Toby Black, 15, from Southwick, is looking forward to this year’s competition and has been helping Richard to create the plush pasties, which will cost £230 each.
The pasty will be judged on Saturday alongside 600 other entrants from all over the world.
To help give them the edge, Southwick Village Stores is spearheading its campaign with a zany representative of the UK Handlebar Moustache Club.
Allan Robinson, 47, will be the face of the Very Important Pasty at this year’s pasty championships.
He said: ‘The pasty will be good fuel for hunting tigers in Cornwall.’