Wildwood Guinness Record Pie

Wildwood, NJ – It was almost like a scene from one of those offbeat independent movies. An official representative with the Guinness Book of World Records was in Wildwood Saturday, casting  a stern eye on Wildwood’s attempt to make it into the famed record book.

The entry – a long and narrow U shaped Shepherd’s Pie  that was almost a block long.  The pie had to weigh in at 1790 pounds to top the current world record for a Shepherd’s’ Pie.  It was the centerpiece of Wildwood’s first St. Patrick’s Day block party.

Four local restaurants cooked up the ground meat and mashed potatoes and peas and carrots. Then volunteers assembled the gigantic pie  under a tent right on Pacific Avenue – a layer of meat and veggies topped with a layer of mashed potatoes.

When all the mashed potatoes were smeared over the top,  the crowd waited for the official word from the judge.

Phillip from the Guinness Book of World Records had to break the news gently in his Scottish accent.

A Shepherd’s Pie, he told the hundreds gathered under the tent, consisted of ground lamb, not ground beef. Therefore the huge pie would not set a new Guinness Book of World Records for Shepherd’s Pie.

There was a stunned silence.

However – and he paused – Guinness was creating a new category just for Wildwood’s entry. It was called – meat and potato pie. And,at 1800 pounds, the Pacific ave pie became the instant new champion.

And of course the crowd went wild. Just like in the movies.

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