Pastry chefs dish out their best pies

By Wepiha Te Kanawa

Pastry chefs and pie connoisseurs from around the country have sent in their entries to NZ Pie's headquarters in Auckland, to be judged against some of the best pie in the country.

Some may call this the best job in the world, judging, weighing, smelling and tasting pies to find the best pie in New Zealand.

The pies are judged on presentation, pastry, and of course, the filling.

So what does it take to be a judge? Chief chef of Ngāti Porou descent, Tim Aspinall says that it’s about understanding the making of a pie, from the pastry to the filling, cooking and presentation.

Last year's supreme winner was a mince and cheese pie by David Liem from Auckland's Greenland Bakery & Cafe in Botany.

Since they first entered in 2001 he has won 52 gold medals.

However, Judge Peter Rewi say's the level and quality of pies this year is very high.

5000 pies from across the country will be assessed by 18 judges, and only time will tell who will come out on top.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 29 July.