The awards seem to be never ending at Tatura Hot Bread after it recently won another national pie competition.
Glenda and Jeff Alexander recently entered a competition held by the Baking Association of Australia, which brought together 388 bakeries from across Australia.
‘‘We took 12 pies and the pasties down Moonee Valley Racecourse for the competition and we’re just gobsmacked by the result,’’ Mrs Alexander said.
Judged over three days, the competition awarded just 15 pies a gold medal score of more than 45/50.
On the final day of judging the gold medal pies were brought together to decide which was the best of the best, given the title of ‘‘Australia’s Best Pie 2017’’, and the winner was announced as Tatura Hot Bread’s chicken, cranberry and brie pie.
‘‘We’re extremely proud, it’s always been a good pie for us, winning over half a dozen gold medals, but this just tops it off,’’ Mrs Alexander said.
Mrs Alexander said the recipe came to them a few years ago, but they had altered it slightly to include brie cheese rather than the typical camembert.
Baking Association of Australia executive officer Tony Smith said the competition was judged by industry workers who tested more than 2000 pies during the competition.
‘‘It’s a very prestigious award, it’s a national title and Tatura Hot Bread should be so proud that they’ve taken it out,’’ Mr Smith said.
Mrs Alexander said she wanted to thank the 24 staff who were employed at the business, for all the effort they put in.
‘‘We’re very excited and all of our staff are very excited and we hope it helps to keep Tatura on the map,’’ she said.