Worming his way to a win

The filling for the bushtucker pasty made by Rich Shaw

The filling for the bushtucker pasty made by Rich Shaw

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INSECTS, worms and locusts are good sources of protein, but one wacky baker is hoping they’ll be the winning ingredient in the World Pasty Championships.

Rich Shaw, manager of the former Southwick Village Store, which closed last month due to structural damage, is hoping that his creepy pasty will titillate the judges’ tastebuds today at the Eden Project, in Cornwall.

Baker Rich Shaw

Baker Rich Shaw

Rich has previously entered the contest with the world’s most expensive pasty, which cost £230 and contained rare Wagyu meat. He’s also created the world’s hottest pasty, containing ghost chillis, for fun and one with snails to mark D-Day.

As Rich’s store is closed, East Tisted Village Stores in North Meon, offered its ovens to use. However, there will be some friendly rivalry as they are hoping to steal the title with a Stargazy pasty, complete with pilchards and fish heads.

Rich’s nine-year old son Harrison will also be entering the junior category – with a pasty containing kangaroo meat.

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