Wanaka pies in top 10

02:46, Jul 31 2013
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Pastry chef Mahesh Perera and baker Jason Danielson tuck into just the right filling after an all-night effort to get to the New Zealand Pie Awards.

A major last-minute hiccup did not deter a couple of good eager pie-makers from Wanaka, who still managed to place 10th in the country after a misunderstanding initially saw the fruit left out of their gourmet fruit pie.

Jason Danieown and Thlson, manager of The Bakery Queenste Doughbin in Wanaka, said his baker Mahesh "Marmite" Perera worked with him from 3pm until 4am on their pie entries the night before the pies had to be sent to the judges of the 2013 Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards.

''He spent all night making a gourmet almond and mochaccino pie, but he didn't realise the requirements meant it had to have fruit in it. So I said 'we'll just have to get up early in the morning and start all over again and add the blueberries'.''

The pair slept on the floor in the bakery's Wanaka factory for two hours then rose at 6am again ready for action.

While Mr Perera was busy crafting a gourmet pie, complete with chequered pastry, Mr Danielson had been working all night to ''get the pastry right'' on the bakery's other entries.

''We had the most amazing fillings, but the cold weather really affected the pastry. If you don't get the pastry right ...It kept cracking when I rolled it. It gets to 0 degrees Celsius in this factory in winter.''

The Bakery also entered steak and cheese, mince and cheese, mince, butter dhchicken and venison pies, as well as gourmet fruit.

About 540 bakeries from around the country entered the awards and competition was fierce

Just a few South Island bakeries featured among the national placegetters, three in Christchurch and one from Dunedin.


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