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Pie category renamed in recognition of truckies and tradies

Truckies-and-tradies“Truckies and tradies, we’re renaming a pie category in honour of you at the Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards! We’re even going to get one of you to help judge it.”

That’s the word from NZ Bakels managing director Brent Kersal who says: “It’s about time we acknowledged these pie-loving hard workers. They’ll eat a pie any time of day to keep them going and they sure know where the best ones are baked.  They’re loyal to those bakeries and they don’t mind sharing the word on where to find them.

“We have it on good knowledge that steak and gravy pies rank highest for many of them, so that flavour will now be renamed the Truckie/Tradie category in the Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards.”

What’s more, NZ Bakels is giving truckies and tradies the chance to become unofficial judges by naming their favourite pie shop in a radio competition.  Then at the Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards judging day, on July 25, all will be revealed when one truckie or tradie will help judge the category named after them.

They’ll also win tickets to the Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards on July 30 to meet the baker responsible for the ultimate truckie/tradie pie.

“The truckie/ tradie pie has got to be a sustaining mobile meal that they can grab and eat on the run. Nice chunks of juicy steak smothered in rich gravy with golden pastry to hold it all together,” says Brent.

He says NZ Bakels is also pleased to announce that the celebrity chef judge this year will be involved in judging the Café Boutique category for the first time.

“It is a category with some really innovative ideas coming through and our celebrity chef judge will have the latest knowledge of food trends in the dining scene.

“We see huge potential for growth in the Café Boutique category as more and more cafés move towards producing their own signature pies.  In this category they don’t have to produce their own pastry which means they can concentrate on making a delicious, stand-out filling.

“Last year we saw Café Boutique entries of honey cured crispy bacon with roast vegetables and spicy pumpkin sauce;  venison, thyme and mushroom;  chilli salsa, spinach, cottage cheese, mushrooms and garlic and even a Beef Wellington pie with steak, duxelle mushrooms, garlic, fresh thyme, duck livers, and prosciutto. But the top entry for flavour and great pastry was Ed’s Coffee and Cake House with their five spice pork belly pie.”

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