Baked delights win gold

Savanchamroeun Ly with Linda Taing of Savans Bakery at Warkworth and  Bunnarith Sao with Navy Keo of Dairy Flat Bakery ...
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Savanchamroeun Ly with Linda Taing of Savans Bakery at Warkworth and Bunnarith Sao with Navy Keo of Dairy Flat Bakery took out gold medals at the 20th Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards.

Two northern bakers have taken out gold awards for their pies at the 20th Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards.

Savanchamroeun Ly of Savans Bakery in Warkworth wooed the judges with his Chicken and Vegetable pie. Warkworth did well this year, with Melissa Kelsey from New World, Warkworth gaining a bronze in the Cafe Boutique category for her pork, kumara and apple pie.

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Chicken and Vegetable pie - Gold Winner at 20th Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards for Savanchamroeun Ly of Savans Bakery, ...
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Chicken and Vegetable pie - Gold Winner at 20th Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards for Savanchamroeun Ly of Savans Bakery, Warkworth

The layering of  blueberry, spiced apple and apricot in Bunnarith Sao of Dairy Flat Bakery's gourmet fruit pie entry also clearly appealed to the judges as Sao has now won gold with it two years running.

The awards were presented at the SkyCity Convention Centre on 26 July after 21 judges gamely worked their way through 5,284 baked delights for 10 long hours hours. Forty-nine awards were presented with $20,000 worth of cash prizes.  

"We saw some interesting skills and flavours, such as alpaca and kimchi; braised lamb shank and butter chicken. There were nostalgic and Kiwi heritage pies like creamed paua, smoked fish and the addition of kumara to some pies," says celebrity judge Mark Southon of TV3's The Café.

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Baker Patrick Lam explains to Stuff.co.nz how to make the perfect pastry, the start his supreme bacon and egg pie.

The supreme pie award went to Tauranga's Patrick Lam of Patrick's Pie Group Gold Star Bakery in Tauranga with a mouth watering Bacon & Egg pie.  

For those wanting to taste them all, here is the full list of award winner for 2016: 

Mince and gravy

Bakels NZ

The best pies of 2016 have been announced and the winner is a bacon and egg pie from Tauranga.

Gold: Angkor Wat Kiwi Bakery and Cafe, Hawke's Bay

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Silver: Pak n Save Petone

Bronze: Blagdon Bakery, New Plymouth

Highly commended: Eurobake Espresso, Auckland

Steak and gravy

Gold: Counties Bakery, Auckland

Silver: Fresh Bun Cafe, Auckland

Bronze: Bakehouse Cafe Ngaruwahia

Highly commended: Food for Thought, Thames

Chicken and vegetable

Gold: Savans Bakery, Auckland

Silver: Greenland Bakery and Cafe, Auckland

Bronze: Hillpark Bakery, Auckland

Highly Commended: Fresh Bun Cafe, Auckland

Gourmet Fruit

Gold: Dairy Flat Bakery, Auckland (Blueberry, spiced apple and apricot)

Silver: Havelock North New World (Caramelised walnut, Black Doris Plum)

Bronze: Bakers Oven, Auckland (apple)

Highly Commended: Patrick's Pie Group Gold Star Bakery, Tauranga (Cointreau pear, apple and cherry cheesecake)

Gourmet meat

Gold: Pak n Save Petone (steak and mushroom)

Silver: Bakers Oven, Auckland (mushroom, bacon and cheese)

Bronze: Baker Bob's, Tauranga (venison, mushroom, bacon and cheese)

Highly commended: Beaut Bakery, Taupo (steak, mushroom and cheese)

Vegetarian

Gold: The Bakery, Queenstown (Broccoli, pumpkin and carrot)

Silver: Better Quality Pies Ltd, Rotorua (Potato, pumpkin and kumara)

Bronze: Baker Bob's, Tauranga (Spinach, pumpkin and kumara)

Highly commended: Rushgreen Bakery and Cafe (Carrot, peas and corn)

Bacon and Egg

Gold: Patrick's Pie Group Gold Star Bakery, Tauranga

Silver: Greenland Bakery and Cafe, Auckland

Bronze: Bakehouse Cafe Ngaruawahia

Highly commended: Hillpark Bakery, Auckland

Mince and cheese

Gold: Panmure Bakehouse

Silver: Julia's Bakery, Auckland

Bronze: Jackson's Bakery, Havelock North

Highly commended: Nana's Bakery, Auckland

Steak and cheese

Gold: Baker Bob's, Tauranga

Silver: Patrick's Pie Group Gold Star Bakery, Tauranga

Bronze: Fast and Fresh Bakery, Taupo

Highly Commended: Mairangi Bay Bakery, Auckland

Potato top

Gold: Pak n Save Petone

Silver: Corner Bakery, Auckland

Bronze: Baker Bob's, Tauranga

Highly Commended: Baker's Oven, Auckland

Commercial wholesale mince and cheese

Gold: Coupland's Bakeries

Silver: Dad's Pies

Bronze: Ponsonby Pies

Highly Commended: Goodtime Foods

Cafe Boutique

Gold: Ginger Dynamite, Riwaka (Smoked Warehou and Terakihi)

Silver: Replenish Cafe, Timaru (Cream of chicken, leek, carrot, celery, ham and cheese)

​Bronze: Warkworth New World, Auckland (Pork, kumara and apple)

Highly Commended: Bosco Cafe, Te Kuiti (Venison, mushroom, ales, red wine and juniper berries)

SUPREME: Patrick's Pie Group Gold Star Bakery, Bacon and Egg.  

 - Stuff

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