“Pies are supposed to be filled with the most delicious morsels of steak and liver and kidney, with the jelly and little pieces of fat in the middle delicately dripping onto your tongue.
“A vegan pie? Give me a break.
“The oldest culinary art form left in the world and the vegans have taken it away. It’s a disgrace.
“The millennials have taken over. It’s not a pie competition. It’s a pie in the sky competition.
“We should all just retire now.”
Mr Corrigan is the chef patron of Corrigan Collection, which operates Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill and Corrigan’s Mayfair in London and has won three AA restaurant of the year awards.
But Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the awards, said: “This year’s Supreme Champion was outstanding and well deserving of the accolade.
“From its very appearance on the judging tray you knew it was going to do well and it didn’t disappoint when it was opened and tasted.
“This pie isn’t just for vegans, it’s a pie for everybody.
“With this award we can truly say that veganism is now entering the mainstream of British food.”