FOLLOWING the news that pasties made outside of Cornwall can no longer be called “Cornish”, Whitby schoolgirl Ellise Pearson (11) contacted the Gazette to say that Yorkshire residents should follow suit with their most famous export.
Miss Pearson, who attends East Whitby Primary School and dreams of being a chocolatier when she grows up, said: “If Cornish parties can not be named Cornish pasties outside of Cornwall, then I think that Yorkshire puddings should not be named Yorkshire puddings if they are not made in Yorkshire.”
Miss Pearson says her mother is really good at making genuine Yorkshire puddings and that they have them at least twice a week.
She added: “To conclude this argument I think that companies outside of Yorkshire should think of a different name for the delicious pudding.”
East Yorkshire company Aunt Bessie’s makes approximately 20 million Yorkshire puddings each week.
A spokesperson for the company said that they agreed with Miss Pearson: “We are proud to be a Yorkshire company and we would love Yorkshire puddings to become one of the European Union’s ‘protected status’ products, just like Cornish pasties, Stilton cheese, Parma ham and Champagne.
“We believe the local heritage of Yorkshire puddings should be protected for future generations and the EU status would ensure every shop-bought Yorkshire pudding is made within Yorkshire, by local producers.”
Last week (15 March) the Gazette reported how local bakers Botham’s have changed the name of their pasties from Cornish to Yorkshire following a recent EU ruling that restricted the use of the name so it can only apply to pasties made within the county of Cornwall.