ENTRIES are now open for the 2014 Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards. Now in its 18th year, this year’s judging panel will include celebrity chef Simon Gault.
“I’ll be looking for pies that surpass excellence in their field. We all eat with our eyes, as we do when judging, so I’m looking for a pie that has retained its shape and is baked to perfection with good colour. This will be followed by inspection of the pastry thickness, rising and degree of cooking,” says Simon Gault.
The Kiwi pie market is worth in excess of $140 million a year with last year’s competition attracting a record 4,522 pies from 505 bakeries.
Entries close July 3 with judging set to take place on the 24th July. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner hosted by Mark Sainsbury on the 29th July.