Whos serving up Australias best pies?
The much-loved Official Great Aussie Pie Competition has wrapped up for another year, with the 2015 winners named on the last day of the annual Fine Food tradeshow.
The annual competition is open to all pie making professionals and attracts thousands of entrants from bakers across Australia, with finalists cooking on the show floor of Australia’s largest foodservice tradeshow, Fine Food Australia.
Concluding on 23 September, the competition, celebrating 26 years in 2015, was judged over a four day period by a team of 16 judges. The event comprises 10 categories: plain meat, chunky, as well as gourmet categories including red meat, poultry, game, seafood, vegetarian, gluten-free, breakfast and apple. In 2014, the first Official Great Aussie Sausage Roll competition was added to the event’s format.
The 2015 winners are:
- Overall Winner Plain Pie (Mince Pie)
Four Seasons Patisserie, Byford, WA
- Overall Runner Up Plain Pie (Mince-Chunky Pie)
Rolling Pin Pies & Cakes, Ocean Grove, VIC
- Overall Winner Gourmet Pie (Brekkie Pie)
Mountain High Pies, Wentworth Falls, NSW
- Overall Winner Sausage Roll
- Overall Winner Gourmet Sausage Roll
Denmark Bakery, Denmark, WA
- The John Ross – Most Innovative Pie
Mountain High Pies, Wentworth Falls, NSW – Brekkie Pie
- Red Meat Category Winner
Beef Curry, Mount Barker Country Bakery, Mount Barker, WA
- Seafood Category Winner
Prawn & Chorizo, Mount Barker Country Bakery, Mount Barker, WA
- Game Category Winner
Jamaican Goat Goat Pie Guy, Deagon, QLD
- Poultry Category Winner
Chicken Madras, Pie & Mighty, Packham, VIC
- Apple Pie Category
Apple Pie, Four Seasons Patisserie, Kelmscott, WA
- Brekkie Pie Category
Brekkie Pie, Mountain High Pies, Wentworth Falls, NSW
- Vegetarian Category
Vegetarian, Pinjarra Bakery & Patisserie, Pinjarra, WA
- Gluten Free Category Winner
Steak, Beefys Pies, Kunda Park, QLD
Owner of the family-run Beefy’s Pies, Mark Hobbs entered the company’s gluten-free signature steak pie (winner), gluten-free gourmet sausage roll (which won a silver award) and signature steak pie (gold award) into the competition, which attracted over 1,500 entries.
“We are over the moon to be named the Best Gluten Free Pie in Australia.
“I think we won as gluten-free pastry usually does not taste very good or even look remotely like pastry. I believe we have created a gluten-free pastry that eats and tastes very close to the normal pastry, that you won’t believe it’s gluten free,” Hobbs said.