Eyes on the pies at bak­ery

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Saskia Adysti

Mt Barker Coun­try Bak­ery bagged an­other award dur­ing the big Aussie Pie Com­pe­ti­tion in Syd­ney this month.

The award-win­ning bak­ery sub­mit­ted nine of its fa­mous pies and re­ceived eight Gold awards and one Sil­ver.

The busi­ness’ fa­mous Thai green chicken curry pie won the best pie in the poul­try cat­e­gory and third place in the over­all gourmet pie class, while the cauliflower blue cheese fig pie came third in the veg­e­tar­ian class.

Founder and qual­i­fied pas­try chef Michael Dum­brell has been work­ing as a baker since he was 15.

He opened the bak­ery with wife Kris­tine Dum­brell in 2006 and they have re­ceived hun­dreds of awards for their pie recipes.

“This bak­ery is like Mick’s baby and we’re so proud with how far we’ve come,” Mrs Dum­brell said.

“We buy our in­gre­di­ents lo­cally and we used the best qual­ity meat — meat is a big part in our bak­ery.

“We have a motto in our shop, ‘if you wont eat it, then don’t sell it’.

“We take great pride with what we do.”

The bak­ery also won the best plain mince and gourmet cat­e­gories in the Aussie Pie Com­pe­ti­tion in 2014.

They em­ploy four qual­i­fied pas­try chefs and three pas­try chef ap­pren­tices, and are open seven days a week from 5am-6pm.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Mt Barker Coun­try Bak­ery su­per­vi­sor Tracey Smart.

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