Aussie Pie Competition aficionados from all over the country converged at Fine Food this year to compete for the crown of best plain pie, as well as a number of other prestigious categories.
This year’s event had 1652 entries – up 15 percent on last year – in both sweet and savory pies, and sausage rolls, which were judged across four days of hard tasting. The best chefs of these Aussie staples were named on day four.
Tommy from Oven Crisp Bakery in Bull Creek/Riverton, Western Australia, was ecstatic to win the plain mince pie category.
National manager of the long-running competition, Danielle Lindsay, says there was half a point between the winner and runner-up, both of them being excellent pie producers.
Other standout performers included Rolling Pin Aussie Pie Competition & Cakes who took out four categories.
“Rolling Pin absolutely killed it. I’m not aware of anyone doing that, definitely not since I took over in 2012,” Danielle said.
“Ka pies won the innovative category with their vegan pie.
“The judges tasted it and moved it back into the red meat category, so it fooled our judges.
Adding to the already extensive list of categories in the competition, the inaugural footy pie category was a crowd-pleaser, won by Pinjarra Bakery & Patisserie, Pinjarra, Western Australia, for their Sydney Swans pie, complete with chicken wings on top.
“It was exciting that we increased numbers and that there was new blood,” Danielle said.
“There was a lot more buzz this year and a lot of media, including from the major networks.
“Sunrise did a live cross to Tommy at Oven Crisp and he was really chuffed.”