The winners of the sixth New Zealand Vegan Pie Awards, are in – great news for vegan pie lovers all over the country!
As more bakeries receive requests from people wanting vegan pies, Kiwi bakers are stepping up to the task with some newcomers to the competition this year.
The top prize of $1000 went to Vegan Korma pie by Piccolo Morso, the Supreme Winner. The event was sponsored by Gilmours, Grain Corp and The Coffee Club. Judging took place at Crave Café on 23rd October, followed by a gala dinner at Kind Café.
“Vegan pies continue to be popular with vegans and non-vegans alike, a classic Kiwi staple, a pie is never out of fashion and our winners this year showed some great ingenuity with their flavour combinations,” says Vegan Society Spokesperson Claire Insley. “Kiwis know they can be assured of a delicious pie from any of our category winners and runners up.”
The judges tasked with the problem of eating all the pies, were Master Baker and Lifetime Contributor to the Pie Awards, Jason Hay. He was joined by Jasbir Kaur, multi-award-winning executive chef, trainer, regular award judge and President of the NZ Chef Association Auckland. An esteemed figure in plant-based culinary innovation, who is known for her delicious, non-fuss, plant-based recipes, cookbook author, Kelsi Boocock was the third judge. Operations Manager at Sudima Hotels, Dharam Shah who honed his skills and passion by working in prestigious luxury hotels across India, becoming Executive Chef in Agra, completed the panel.
The winners are:
Piccolo Morso ‘Vegan Korma’
Winner: Piccolo Morso ‘Vegan Korma’’
Runner up: Pioneer Pie Co. ‘Karma Korma’
Winner: Baker’s Son ‘Vegan Mince and Cheddar’
Runner Up: Kai Pai Bakery ‘Roast Vege’
Piccolo Morso: ‘Mango, Mint and Rhubarb with an almond crust’
Runner up: Eurobake Espresso: Blueberry Apple
and Freemans Bakery and Café: ‘Vegan Spiced Apple Crumble’
Winner: Pioneer Pie Co. ‘Mushroom Red wine and Caramelised Onion’
Runner up: Logan MacLean Café ‘Koresh Bademjan’ (eggplant stew)
‘Steak and Cheese’
Winner: Logan MacLean Cafe
Runner Up: Tart Bakery
‘Mince and Cheese’
Winner: Wild Grain Bakery
Runner up: Taste Cafe and Bakery
Winner: Lemonwood Bakery ‘Moroccan Chickpea and Vege’
Runner up: Logan MacLean ‘Cuban Beef Picadillo’
Winner: Freemans Bakery and Café ‘Vegan Butter Chicken’
Runner Up: Wild Grain Bakery ‘Vegan Chicken and Cranberry”
All the information you need is here vegansociety.org.nz/nz-vegan-pie-awards/