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Venison pie wins Supreme Award

The winning venison, mushroom, bacon and cheese pie.

A venison, mushroom, bacon and cheese pie proved the perfect combination of flavours for judges unanimously voting it the 2017 NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Awards winner. Baked by Lee Ing of Fast & Fresh Bakery of Taupo, the Supreme pie came out on top of 5696 entries.

Celebrity Chef Sean Connolly (centre) and fellow judges.

NZ Bakels Managing Director Brent Kersel says: “the winning pie first caught our attention when it won gold in the Gourmet Meat category before going onto the final judging stage. It looked great out of the oven, pastry rich and golden with the filling venison, mushroom, bacon and cheese combining well together. The venison had great flavour and texture.”

Sean Connolly, this year’s Celebrity Chef Judge, noted that cooking venison in a pie, where the end result was so moist and succulent, demonstrated a high level of culinary skills and the flavours worked together to just melt in the mouth with a perfect pastry casing.

Lee Ing bought Fast & Fresh Bakery 14 months ago after working in the bakery for two years, learning all he now knows about making pies from the previous owner. Born in Cambodia, he came to New Zealand 12 years ago to start a new life and discovered that he had a natural flair for baking.

In the Commercial/Wholesale category, Eddie Grooten of Dad’s Pies in Silverdale was awarded a Gold medal.

Eddie Grooten of Dad’s Pies in Silverdale was awarded a Gold medal.

PAK’nSAVE Petone’s Roger Cathro scored Silver for his Steak & Cheese Pie and Brian Lucas of Hastings City New World won Silver in the Gourmet Fruit Pie category.

Fresh new flavours

The NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Award was presented at an awards dinner in Auckland on August 1. Entries this year, the 21st year of the competition, were up by 10 percent , says Kersel, with the two largest categories Mince & Cheese and Steak & Cheese, going head-to-head with 417 pies in each category. In the Gourmet Meat category, flavours and pastry styles kept judging fresh and interesting with a goat vindaloo pie, a seafood pie with octopus, and a lamb cheeks with vegetables, herbs and anchovies pie, for example.

The Vegetarian category featured new ingredients including yams, swede, and sugar snap peas. Wholemeal and spelt pastries are emerging in this category, while gluten-free pastry is growing in popularity in the Café Boutique category.

Kersel says: “A number of entries this year have used their imagination and flair to make the finished product look different and exciting. Everyone started talking about the ‘Kiwi’ pie when its box was opened. The pie top featured a Kiwi with koru patterns made out of poppy seeds. The pastry was even moulded into fern leaves! In the Gourmet Fruit category the presentation of the pies was stunning. One pie, a pineapple, lime and coconut creation actually looked like a slice of pineapple.”

NZ Bakels originally launched the Supreme Pie Awards in 1996 to improve the quality of pies and pastry.

“Year-on-year the Awards have successfully achieved that and continue to lift the bar to a level we never imaged. New Zealand consumers now know what a quality pie looks and tastes like so if a bakery is to succeed their standard needs to be high,” says Kersel.

For the full list of winners, see below:

MINCE & GRAVY
  Name Company
Gold Award Lee Ung Crown Bakery & Coffee
Silver Award Michael Kuoy Counties Bakery
Bronze Award Vouch Leang Chea Richoux Patisserie
Highly Commended Roger Cathro Pak n Save Petone
STEAK (DICED) & GRAVY
  Name Company
Gold Award Shane Kearns Viands Bakery
Silver Award Bunnarith Sao Dairy Flat Bakery Ltd
Bronze Award Vuthy Chang Papamoa Bakery
Highly Commended Patrick Lam Gold Star Pat’s Pies
CHICKEN & VEGETABLE
  Name Company
Gold Award Patrick Lam Gold Star Pat’s Pies
Silver Award Michael Gray Nada Bakery
Bronze Award Shane Kearns Viands Bakery
Highly Commended Khemara Yin The Bakehouse Café
GOURMET FRUIT
  Name Company
Gold Award Bunnarith Sao Dairy Flat Bakery Ltd
Blueberry, Apricot & Apple
Silver Award Brian Lucas Hastings City New World
Walnut, Zingy Lemon, Black Doris Plum, Apple & Lemon
Bronze Award Shane Kearns Viands Bakery
Vanilla, Ginger, Pear & Caramel
Highly Commended Tai Khau Better Quality Pie Ltd
Rhubarb, Apple & Lime
GOURMET MEAT
  Name Company
Gold Award Lee Ing Fast & Fresh Bakery
Venison, Mushroom, Bacon & Cheese
Silver Award Patrick Lam Gold Star Pat’s Pies
Pork, Onion & Cheese
Bronze Award Michael Kloeg The Clareville Bakery
Lamb cutlet, Rosemary, Lemon & Kumara
Highly Commended Sopheap Long Hillside Bakehouse & Café
Chicken, Cranberries & Camembert
VEGETARIAN
  Name Company
Gold Award Jason Hay Richoux Patisserie Takapuna
Corn, Carrot, Potato & Mushroom
Silver Award James Musk Spelt Bakery on Highgate
Creamy Mushroom
Bronze Award Vong Hean Mairangi Bay Bakery
Pumpkin, Kumara, Potato, Capsicum, Cauliflower,
Highly Commended Chao Geemun Baker Bob’s Bakery Cafe
Spinach, Pumpkin, Kumara & Cottage Cheese
BACON & EGG
  Name Company
Gold Award Patrick Lam Gold Star Pat’s Pies
Silver Award Samphois Sou Samis Bakery & Café
Bronze Award Heng Seanghy Olivers Bakehouse & Café
Highly Commended Lee Bou Seak Champion Bakery & Café
MINCE & CHEESE
  Name Company
Gold Award Jason Hay Richoux Patisserie Takapuna
Silver Award Lee Ung Crown Bakery & Coffee
Bronze Award Shuly Ngann Le Royal Bakery
Highly Commended Roger Cathro Pak n Save Petone
STEAK & CHEESE
  Name Company
Gold Award Bunhour (Vic) Luon Waihi Bakery
Vic and Phida Ltd
Silver Award Roger Cathro Pak n Save Petone
Bronze Award Jason Hay Richoux Patisserie Takapuna
Highly Commended Savanchamnap Ly Target Bakehouse & Café
POTATO TOP
  Name Company
Gold Award Bunnarith Sao Dairy Flat Bakery Ltd
Silver Award Try Kong Bakers Oven
Bronze Award Sopanharith Chea Angkor Wat Bakery & Coffee Shop
Highly Commended Mab Chheur Angkor Kiwi Bakery & Café
COMMERCIAL/WHOLESALE
  Name Company
Gold Award Eddie Grooten Dad’s Pies
Silver Award Jason Danielson The Wholesale Bakery
Bronze Award Amy Milina Oxford Pies
Highly Commended Terry McMahon Couplands Bakery
CAFÉ BOUTIQUE
  Name Company
Gold Award Heather Lucas Café Pret
Steak, Mushrooms, Carrots & Shallots
Silver Award Edmund Koh Ed’s Café
Steak & Cheese
Bronze Award Melissa Kelsey Warkworth New World
Beef, Blue Cheese & Mustard
Highly Commended Lesley Lambert Kitchen Republic
Gourmet Beef & Caramelised Onion
SUPREME
Gold Award Lee Ing Fast & Fresh Bakery
Gourmet Meat

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