Gin Gin pie shop wins seven awards at national comp
BAKERS and pie makers from around Australia converged on Sydney to compete for the most sought-after award in their industry, The Official Great Aussie Pie Competition.
The competition was judged over a four days by an elite team of 16 judges from the baking industry.
Ten categories of pies are appraised including plain meat and chunky, gourmet meat / gourmet section: red meat, poultry, game, seafood, vegetarian, gluten free, breakfast and apple.
The competition has consistently increased since its conception.
This year Gin Gin locals took up the challenge and entered seven pies.
Owners of the Travellers Rest Cafe and Bakehouse, Tim and Jenny Gourley this year entered the prestige awards.
"We kept it from family, we didn't want to get our hopes up," Mrs Gourley said.
To their surprise all seven pies received an award, three silver and four bronze.
The Gourleys had family and friends messaging the results as the competition winners were released online.
"We had concerns of how our pies would make the journey to Sydney," she said.
Mrs Gourley said we don't freeze our pies and I was worried the pies wouldn't make it.
"We had to send four pies for each entry, 28 pies in total," she said.
The Gourleys have had many locals, friends and family congratulate them on their win.
"We have only had the shop for three and a half years and are truly happy and shocked with the awards.
"Everyone has their favourite pie and we get travellers from across Australia telling us we have the best pies," Mr Gourley said.
They bake over 1100 pies per week and the awards gave the owners professional feedback on their pie recipes.
"All pies receive a detailed critique so we know how we can improve," he said.
Mr Gourley said we appreciate all the feedback on our pies and for us to win is simply amazing.