The best pie in the NSW/ACT has been decided

Best Pie Competition

The best pie in the NSW/ACT has been decided

The best pie in the NSW/ACT has been decided

After a full day of rigorous judging the NSW/ACT Best Pie Competition has finished, and a winner has been declared.

With over 100 entries the competition was fierce and the skills that were on display were amazing. “Every time an entry was delivered we were very impressed with the talent and skills that each baker displayed, especially the apprentices and home bakers”, commented event manager, Elizabeth Nichols. “I wouldn’t have liked to be a judge with such a hard task”.

“The judges looked at everything in the pies, the look, the filling, pastry and of course the taste”, said Elizabeth. And they were unanimous in their decision to award the NSW/ACT Best Pie to be from Stones Patisserie in Bowral and Berrima with their Heads & Tails Red Meat Artisan Pie, although it was a very close competition.

The judging panel included arguably the best pie judges in Australia, Ron Taylor from the Baking Association of Australia and Peter Neubeck from Becks Bakery in Bathurst. They were joined by representatives from the CWA, Destination Southern Highlands, Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association, TAFE, Workskills and other local chefs and foodies.

There were five commercial categories that included red meat, white meat, vegetarian, seafood and sweet. In addition, there was an artisan/gourmet category and two apprentice categories for sweet and savoury with the same for the community/Home baker section. This year it was also decided to declare a winner for the Best Pie in the Southern Highlands.

All the entries in the NSW/ACT Best Pie Competition will be on display in the Pavilion during Pie Fest, 23rd and 24th June at Bong Bong Racecourse in Bowral.

The Winners and Runners up were:

NSW / ACT Best Pie Competition Winner – Stones Patisserie.

Southern Highlands Best Pie – Stones Patisserie

Red Meat Category:
Winner – Southern Rise Bakery
Runner -Up – Southern Rise Bakery

White Meat Category:
Winner – Southern Rise Bakery
Runner-Up – Mitchell Muelman from Mittagong RSL

Vegetarian Category:
Winner – Fitzroy Falls General Store
Runner-Up – Four Seasons Bistro

Seafood Category:
Winner – Heatherbraes Bakery

Sweet Category:
Winner – Gumnut Patisserie
Runner-Up – Gumnut Patisserie

Artisan Category:
Winner – Stones Patisserie
Runner-Up – Gumnut Patisserie

Apprentice – Sweet Category:
Winner – Josh Nickl from Gumnut Patisserie
Runner-Up – Samantha Goodacre from Gumnut Patisserie

Apprentice – Savoury Category:
Winner – Jason Bromley from Gumnut Patisserie
Runner-Up – Samantha Crawshaw from Gumnut Patisserie

Community/Home Baker – Sweet Category:
Winner – Meals on Wheels
Runner-Up – Peter Choquenot

Community / Home Baker – Savoury Category:
Winner – Mario Tonsic
Runner-Up – Greg Maloy

Source = NSW/ACT Best Pie Competition
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