Va va venison!
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 during judging on July 27.
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 to 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. “Oh wow, it’s really good,” he said after test tasting it.

Fourteen months ago Lee Ing bought Fast & Fresh Bakery 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 in Taranaki working for Tun Bakery that he had a natural flair for baking.

Asked about his favourite part of baking he says: “Everything, I like everything and I like learning different skills.”
The phone call on July 28 to say that he had won an award came as such a surprise that he
was too excited to focus on much else for the rest of the day. “I can’t believe I won an award, I didn’t expect that.”
Mr Kersel says: “We couldn’t wait to see his reaction when he found out at the Awards dinner on August 1 that he had won the Supreme Award!”

Entries this year, the 21st year of the competition, were up by 10 percent , says Mr Kersel, with the two largest categories Mince & Cheese and Steak & Cheese, going head-to-head with 417 pies in each category, leaving judges the enormous task of finding bronze, silver and gold award winners amongst them.

In the Gourmet Meat category flavours and pastry styles kept judging fresh and interesting with breakfast pies filled with the likes of spaghetti, bacon, onion and even potato nuggets through to a goat vindaloo pie, a seafood pie with octopus, and a lamb cheeks with vegetables, herbs and anchovies pie.

The Vegetarian category was filled with vibrantly filled pies and 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.
Mr Kersel says: “A number of entries this year have used their imagination and flare 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.
“We congratulate Fast & Fresh Bakery of Taupo and we invite pie lovers to go and taste the best pie in New Zealand at their bakery,” says Mr Kersel.

The NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Award was presented at a gala awards dinner at Sky City Grand in Auckland on Tuesday 1st August 2017.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS PIE AWARDS 2017

MINCE & GRAVY

Name Company Address  
Gold Award

Lee Ung

Crown Bakery & Coffee 132 Manukau Road, Pukekohe
Silver Award

Michael Kuoy

Counties Bakery 2 Queen Street, Pukekohe  
Bronze Award Vouch Leang Chea Richoux Patisserie 119 Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland
Highly Commended Roger Cathro Pak n Save Petone Jackson Street, Petone

STEAK & GRAVY

Name Company Address
Gold Award

Shane Kearns

Viands Bakery 80 Lyon Street, Kihikihi
Silver Award Bunnarith Sao Dairy Flat Bakery Ltd 1443 Dairy Flat Hwy, RD4, Albany
Bronze Award Vuthy Chang Papamoa Bakery 554 Papamoa Beach Road, Papamoa
Highly Commended Patrick Lam Gold Star Pat’s Pies Shop14/2 Taurikura Drive, Tauriko, Tauranga 311

CHICKEN & VEGETABLE

Name Company Address
Gold Award Patrick Lam Gold Star Pat’s Pies Shop14/2 Taurikura Drive, Tauriko, Tauranga 311
Silver Award Michael Gray Nada Bakery 4/72 Main Road, Tawa, Wellington
Bronze Award

Shane Kearns

Viands Bakery 80 Lyon Street, Kihikihi
Highly Commended

Khemara Yin

The Bakehouse Café 525 Pollen Street, Thames

GOURMET FRUIT

Name Company Address
Gold Award

Blueberry, Apricot & Apple

Bunnarith Sao Dairy Flat Bakery Ltd 1443 Dairy Flat Hwy, RD4, Albany
Silver Award

Walnut, Zingy Lemon, Black Doris Plum, Apple & Lemon

Brian Lucas Hastings City New World 400 Heretaunga St East, Hastings
Bronze Award

Vanilla, Ginger, Pear & Caramel

Shane Kearns

Viands Bakery 80 Lyon Street, Kihikihi
Highly Commended

Rhubarb, Apple & Lime

Tai Khau

Better Quality Pie Ltd 2 Tarewa Road, Rotorua

GOURMET MEAT

Name Company Address
Gold Award

Venison, Mushroom, Bacon & Cheese

Lee Ing

Fast & Fresh Bakery 8 Horomatangi Street, Taupo
Silver Award

Pork, Onion & Cheese

Patrick Lam Gold Star Pat’s Pies Shop14/2 Taurikura Drive, Tauriko, Tauranga 311
Bronze Award

Lamb cutlet, Rosemary, Lemon & Kumara

Michael Kloeg

The Clareville Bakery

3340 SH2, Clareville, Carterton
Highly Commended

Chicken, Cranberries & Camembert

Sopheap Long Hillside Bakehouse & Café 10A Hillside Road, Wairau Valley, Auckland

VEGETARIAN

Name

Company Address
Gold Award

Corn, Carrot, Potato & Mushroom

Jason Hay Richoux Patisserie Takapuna 447 Lake Road, Takapuna
Silver Award

Creamy Mushroom

James Musk Spelt Bakery on Highgate 481 Highgate, Maori Hill, Dunedin
Bronze Award

Pumpkin, Kumara, Potato, Capsicum, Cauliflower,

Vong Hean

Mairangi Bay Bakery 366D Beach Road, Mairangi Bay
Highly Commended

Spinach, Pumpkin, Kumara & Cottage Cheese

Chao Geemun Baker Bob’s Bakery Cafe 135 Chadwick Road, Greerton, Tauranga

BACON & EGG

Name Company Address
Gold Award Patrick Lam Gold Star Pat’s Pies Shop14/2 Taurikura Drive, Tauriko, Tauranga 311
Silver Award Samphois Sou Samis Bakery & Café 1 Norbiton Road, Foxton
Bronze Award Heng Seanghy Olivers Bakehouse & Café 299 Kepa Road, Mission Road, Auckland
Highly Commended

Lee Bou Seak

Champion Bakery & Café 93 Rodney Street, Wellsford

MINCE & CHEESE

Name Company Address
Gold Award Jason Hay Richoux Patisserie Takapuna 447 Lake Road, Takapuna
Silver Award

Lee Ung

Crown Bakery & Coffee 132 Manukau Road, Pukekohe
Bronze Award Shuly Ngann Le Royal Bakery 21 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland  
Highly Commended Roger Cathro Pak n Save Petone Jackson Street, Petone

STEAK & CHEESE

Name Company Address
Gold Award

Bunhour (Vic) Luon

Waihi Bakery

Vic and Phida Ltd

47 Seddon Street, Waihi
Silver Award Roger Cathro Pak n Save Petone Jackson Street, Petone
Bronze Award Jason Hay Richoux Patisserie Takapuna 447 Lake Road, Takapuna
Highly Commended Savanchamnap Ly Target Bakehouse & Café 2/241 Manukau Road, Pukekohe

POTATO TOP

Name Company Address

Gold Award

Bunnarith Sao Dairy Flat Bakery Ltd 1443 Dairy Flat Hwy, RD4, Albany
Silver Award Try Kong Bakers Oven 687 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay, Whangapararaoa
Bronze Award

Sopanharith Chea

Angkor Wat Bakery & Coffee Shop 65 Ruatahiwha Street, Waipukurau
Highly Commended Mab Chheur

Angkor Kiwi Bakery & Café

110 Dicken Street, Napier

COMMERCIAL/WHOLESALE

Name Company Address
Gold Award Eddie Grooten

Dad’s Pies

57 Forge Road, Silverdale, Hibiscus Coast
Silver Award

Jason Danielson

The Wholesale Bakery

17 Frederick Street, Wanaka
Bronze Award Amy Milina Oxford Pies 142 Maui Street, Te Rapa, Hamilton

Highly Commended

Terry McMahon

Couplands Bakery

Cnr Buchanans & Carman Rd, Hornby, Christchurch

CAFÉ BOUTIQUE

Name Company Address
Gold Award

Steak, Mushrooms, Carrots & Shallots

Heather Lucas Café Pret 2 William Lewis Drive, Sockburn
Silver Award

Steak & Cheese

Edmund Koh

Ed’s Café 2 Commissariat Road, Mt Wellington
Bronze Award

Beef, Blue Cheese & Mustard

Melissa Kelsey Warkworth New World 6 Percy Street, Warkworth

Highly Commended

Gourmet Beef & Caramelised Onion

Lesley Lambert Kitchen Republic 32 Bureta Road, Otumoetai, Tauranga  

SUPREME

  • Gold Award

Gourmet Meat

Lee Ing

Fast & Fresh Bakery 8 Horomatangi Street, Taupo
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