Meet Ambassador Matt Grant, world envoy for the pasty

Like the pasty warmly enfolds turnip, onion, potato, and minced beef, Matt Grant has been warmly enfolded by the community of pasty makers.

Grant runs the Great British Pasty & Pie Company in Arnprior, Ont. The English expat has only been making pasties for a few years now. But he’s good at it. So good that, last year, he travelled to Cornwall, England, to compete in the World Pasty Championships. After finishing fourth in 2015, Grant vowed to return — a move which just paid off in a big way.

“I was just blown away to be named the ambassador this year,” Grant tells As It Happens guest host Helen Mann.”The award has never been given to a Canadian before, so that’s a first.”

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