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Seaboard Foods’ Eaheart Pairs Beef, Bacon To Win At Pie Championship

photo of David Eaheart of Seaboard Foods at National Pie Championships

Pairing beef with Daily’s bacon, David Eaheart, Seaboard Foods senior director of communications and brand marketing, earned a first place award in the professional division of the National Pie Championships.

Entered in the Florida Beef Council Savory Beef Pot Pie category, his winning pie was crafted with Daily’s Premium Meats bacon. The added flavor profile to the beef category helped Eaheart’s creation stand out from the rest of the field. Photo of winning beef and bacon sweet potato pot pie

“I love to use bacon in everything I make, even in dessert pies,” said Eaheart. “This year, I wanted to stay true to the beef pot pie category but elevate it. The saltiness of the Daily’s bacon and sweetness of the potatoes complemented the beef flavor beautifully. It was a unique beef pot pie, but it was traditional enough that judges knew it was still a pot pie.”

Since 1995, the American Pie Council (APC) has hosted the annual National Pie Championships, where amateur, professional and commercial pie bakers from the United States and Canada compete in diverse categories for the best pies. This year’s competition in Orlando, Florida, introduced four new flavor categories, including beef pot pie, pecan pie, mango pie and pear pie.

Featuring hundreds of sweet and savory pies, the competition evaluates pies based on first impressions, flavor, mouthfeel, appeal and creativity.

“We were so impressed by the culinary innovation brought to the table at this year’s National Pie Championships,” said DeAnne Maples, executive director of the Florida Beef Council. “Many savory beef pies rely on the same flavor profiles, so it’s tough to show us something we’ve never seen before, but Eaheart did just that. His take on the beef pot pie was both technically impressive and delicious, well deserving of a win.”

With a passion for communicating and producing safe, wholesome and delicious food, Eaheart uses his professional culinary degree and food expertise to both participate in and judge a variety of food competitions. In addition to this year’s win, Eaheart has received several previous APC recognitions including:

  • Best of Show – Professional Division at the 2019 National Pie Championships for his Toasted Cinnamon Rye Bread Cream Pie
  • Second place in the 6-inch Chicken Pot Pie Category – Professional Division at the 2018 National Pie Championships for his Bacon and Chicken Sausage Pot Pie
  • First place in the 6-inch Chicken Pot Pie Category – Professional Division at the 2017 National Pie Championships for his Sweet Potato Bacon Chicken Pot Pie
  • Second place in the Open Category – Professional Division at the 2016 National Pie Championships for his Bacon Pecan Dulce de Leche Chocolate Pie.


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About Seaboard Foods

As part of a uniquely connected food system, Seaboard Foods seeks a better way to produce wholesome Prairie Fresh pork by purposely connecting every step between its farms and family tables around the world. Seaboard Foods’ continued commitment to creating the most

sought-after pork ensures the well-being of its animals, the environment, employees and the communities they call home. Headquartered in the Kansas City Metro, products sold internationally are marketed under the Prairie Fresh and Seaboard Foods brands.

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Treva Bennett

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After 32 years in the newspaper industry, she is enjoying her new career exploring the world of groceries at The Shelby Report.

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