Trav­ellers rest seven pies seven awards

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

SEVEN PIES: Tim and Jenny Gour­ley, win­ner of seven awards in the 2015 Great Aussie Pie Com­pe­ti­tion.

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