Here in Cornwall we take our food very seriously, but there’s one item we care about more than most – the humble Cornish pasty. In our eyes, it needs to be done right…or not at all!

With the World Pasty Championships taking place this Saturday, 1st March 2014 at the Eden Project, we thought we’d take a look at how popular the Cornish pasty is around England. Using search data from Google, we calculated how many searches are made per capita for each official county in England.

The results? Well, they might surprise you. Using a formula that calculated the number of searches made for the ‘Cornish pasty’ relevant to the number of people living in each county, it was the City of Bristol that came out on top, with our own county coming in a close second. Surprisingly, our rivals across the border in Devon came in third, showing they’re almost as fond of the pasty as we are!

You can view the full size infographic here.

Just like the Melton Mowbray pork pie or Champagne, the Cornish pasty has Protected Geographical Indication status from the EU, meaning it has to be made in Cornwall to be called Cornish. And it’s vital that it’s made with the right ingredients. According to the Cornish Pasty Association, the following ingredients are what makes a genuine pasty:

  • Beef
  • Swede (or turnip if you’re Cornish!)
  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Pepper for seasoning

The World Pasty Championships are being held on Saturday 1st March 2014 at Eden Project. You can find more information on what's happening and how you can join in here.