Finley Bakery & Patisserie backed up its 2017 success by serving up another strong showing at the Australian Best Pie and Pastie Competition last week.
The popular local bakery walked away with seven silver medals — including for last year’s gold medal pie, the Finley Farmer’s Choice — and one bronze medal from the eight pies it entered.
Australia’s Best Pie and Pastie Competition was held on the Gold Coast and drew in 510 bakeries from across the country with about 1755 pies entered.
Finley Bakery’s entries were Finley Farmer’s Choice (slow cook beef and caramelised onion), chunky beef and bacon, chunky pepper, beef ‘n’ reef, chilli beef, Traveller’s Pie (pulled pork and apple), and lamb and rosemary.
Finley Bakery pastry chef Micka Littlejohn said he was proud of the team’s performance.
‘‘The trick to our pies is the high quality produce which we source locally from businesses and farmers.
‘‘The one area we were marked down in was pastry, however I spoke with the judges and they told me it was a problem across the board and believe it was due to the quality of flour.
‘‘The judges did comment on our fillings saying they were fantastic and how good the meat was but just wanted a little bit more in our puff.
‘‘It’s a really good event to go to and it gives me a chance to network with other chefs and learn from the best.
‘‘A lot of our success has come from our great team of pastry chefs and the front of house staff selling our pies.’’
Kyneton bakery Country Cob won best pie in Australia with a seafood satay flavour.
Mr Littlejohn praised the winning pastry chef Ryan Khan.
‘‘Ryan has always taken on the judges’ advice and improved. He’s invited me down to Kyneton heaps of times to check out his bakery, so I’m going to get down there soon.’’
Former Tocumwal local Glen Stokes was also at the event and claimed gold in the ‘Flavoured Beef’ pie section with his chilli beef offering.