• Australia's best pie 2019 (Country Cob Bakery)
The Baking Association of Australia also says the best pastie in the country is actually gluten-free.
By
Camellia Ling Aebischer

14 Jun 2019 - 2:36 PM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2019 - 2:36 PM

The Baking Association of Australia has just held its 2019 pie and pastie competition and announced the nation’s best for both. In a monumental solidification, both overall winners hailed from the same bakeries as last year.

Back-to-back wins
A Cambodian migrant is making Australia’s best pie
And the winner of Australia’s Best Pie Competition is … Country Cob Bakery in Kyneton, an hour's drive from Melbourne.

Country Cob Bakery in the town of Kyneton, nestled in the leafy Victorian Macedon Ranges, once again took out Australia’s Best Pie and this time it was for their caramelised pork and pepper pie.

The winning pork and pepper pie.

“Actually this is one of our Cambodian favourites food back home, and we could see that not many bakeries in Australia doing pork pie,” says Ryan Khun, co-owner and production manager at the bakery.

He developed the pie with his brother, Chan Khun, who is also co-owner and baker.

“We thought this is going to be something interesting and very challenging to make it into a pie filling from our Cambodian food but with Australian taste. So, we slightly adjusted the recipe and ingredients over the last 3 months to make it more delicious and so everyone will enjoy it,” he says.

“We thought this is going to be something interesting and very challenging to make it into a pie filling from our Cambodian food but with Australian taste. 

“Even the 12 judges at the competition said this is one of the best pork pies they’ve ever had. It’s rich in flavour, with tender pork and the aroma is amazing.”

Best Australian pastie again went to Jo Jo’s Gluten Free Goodies in Kernot, Victoria for their roasted vegetable pastie.

Jo Jo’s took out the best gluten-free pastie category (as you’d hope) and best gluten free pie for their Thai red curry pie. The bakery’s gluten-free pastie win offers a solid vindication for coeliacs who have spent so much time suffering through average baked goods.

The two winners were chosen from a total of 345 Bakeries, with more than 1,760 pies assessed. It took 12 judges to complete the assessments, and by our calculations across the three days of judging, that’s around 49 pies tasted per judge per day! Can you say dream job?

Country Cob Bakery’s best pie win last year was a monumental moment for Chan, a Cambodian migrant who told SBS Food he literally dreams of pies, so it’s no surprise to see his pies featured further in the category list taking out best seafood pie for their curry scallop, as well as scoring gold and silver medals in nearly every other category.

The curry scallop pie came in as best seafood pie for 2019.

Below is the full list of the best in class winners – and you can find all the competition results here.

CLASS WINNERS:

Plain Mince Beef Pie: Oven Crisp Bakery – plain beef mince

Plain Chunky Beef Pie: Whittlesea Bakehouse – plain chunky beef

Beef Flavoured Pie: Edison Bakehouse - steak & pepper

Vegetarian Pie: Gusto Bakery - curried pumpkin, fetta & spinach

Seafood Pie: Country Cob Bakery - curry scallop

Poultry Pie: Four Seasons Patisserie Bakery - satay chicken

Gourmet Pie: Country Cob Bakery - caramelised pork & pepper

Gluten Free Pie: Jo Jo's Gluten Free - Thai red curry

Apprentice Plain Mince Beef Pie: Orange Spot – plain beef pie by Jamie Clavell

Traditional Pastie: Orange Spot - pastie

 Gourmet Pastie: Orange Spot - three peppered pastie

 Vegetarian Pastie: Finley Bakery & Patisserie – vegetarian pastie

 Gluten Free Pastie: Jo Jo's Gluten Free - roasted vegetable pastie

 Apprentice Traditional Pastie: Orange Spot – traditional pastie by Jamie Clavell

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