Not minc­ing his words

Melville Times - - OPINION -

A LO­CAL bak­ery has so­lid­i­fied its claim to hav­ing the coun­try’s best mince pie after tak­ing out a na­tional ti­tle for a sec­ond straight year.

Oven Crisp Bak­ery, which has out­lets in Bull Creek and River­ton, was named win­ner of the Of­fi­cial Great Aussie Pie Com­pe­ti­tion’s plain pie cat­e­gory in Syd­ney.

Owner Tommy Nguyen said there was a lot of pres­sure after the bak­ery won the same award 12 months ear­lier.

“The first time I won I was not sure if the pie was good or bad, but the sec­ond time you know or feel that it is very good,” he said.

“There was a lot of pres­sure be­cause be­fore we didn’t have any­thing to lose.

“This time, there were more com­peti­tors, more com­pe­ti­tion. It was very stress­ful be­cause there was a lot to lose.”

Mr Nguyen said the fill­ing in his 2017 en­try had stayed the same to his win­ning en­try 12 months ear­lier.

The main change, prompted by feed­back from the judges in 2016, was a crispier bot­tom and fluffier pas­try top­ping.

The pies are pop­u­lar, with more than 2000 picked up by hun­gry cus­tomers each week.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d474330

Tommy Nguyen with his win­ning mince pies.

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