Georgie Pie tastes the same - first customers

Last updated 19:18 29/05/2013
Whakatane-based Georgie Pie campaigner Grant Duffield
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TASTES GREAT: Whakatane-based Georgie Pie campaigner Grant Duffield in steak, mince and cheese heaven.

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If you can eat a pie in less than 60 seconds flat it must taste pretty good, right?

"I've been waiting for this my entire life", Whakatane man Grant Duffield said between wolfing down bites of a Georgie Pie steak, mince and cheese pie on Wednesday afternoon.

"It tastes great. It totally lives up to my expectations. It's not as cheesy as it used to be though; it's a different experience. It's not as hot either."

That's probably a good thing or we might be looking at a well-burnt mouth, given the rate it went down Duffield's gullet.

Duffield, a 29-year-old supermarket worker was the man behind a 17,000 signature petition to bring Georgie Pie back and after 15 years was part of a select group of 50 who were given a taste of the pie a week before it goes on sale.

He had paid someone to work his shift at the supermarket so he could drive to the event.

"I'm just astounded it has come back."

His only gripe was that it would take a drive to the Waikato to continue on with his once a week pie habit from childhood.

The first few people through the doors and down the red carpet into the VIP area of the Greenlane McDonalds looked hesitant and didn't say much.

But the verdict was generally that they tasted the same, if not better.

Andy Hill who paid $450 to win a TradeMe charity auction for himself and a friend to attend the event was supposed to fly up from New Plymouth today but couldn't get the time off work.

Steak, mince and cheese pies will be available for sale at McDonald's restaurants at Greenlane and Queen St, Auckland from next Wednesday. Another five restaurants in Auckland and four in Waikato will begin selling the pies in the week following.

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