Kai Pai: NZ’s best vege pie

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - DASHA KUPRIENKO

Pie lovers get ex­cited: the top spot for vegetable pies has been re­vealed.

Wanaka and Queen­stown based Kai Pai bak­ery’s vege pies were named the best in the coun­try when they won the Bakels supreme pie awards.

Pie maker Ja­son Daniel­son has been mak­ing the veg­e­tar­ian pie since 2010 and said it was an hon­our to re­ceive an award.

‘‘Our veg­e­tar­ian pie is very pop­u­lar in Queen­stown and Wanaka as well as through­out the coun­try, so to have na­tion­wide recog­ni­tion is fantastic,’’ he said.

His win­ning vege pie con­tains pump­kin, broc­coli, cau­li­flower, swede, and car­rot in a creamy pump­kin sauce.

Seven years ago Daniel­son started work­ing at the Queen­stown Bak­ery on Sho­tover St, and turned the small re­tail bak­ery into a whole­sale busi­ness that served the tourism and hospi­tal­ity busi­nesses in the area.

Bak­ery owner Ian Warner said he was thrilled and proud of their ‘‘fantastic’’ achieve­ments.

‘‘From hum­ble be­gin­nings in Queen­stown, we have gone from mak­ing 1000 hand-crafted pies a day, to now em­ploy­ing 45 staff across Wanaka and Queen­stown and pro­duc­ing 10,000 pies a day,’’ he said.

Two years ago the bak­ery re­ceived two awards – top ba­con and egg and top vegetable pie. They aim to win in the com­mer­cial cat­e­gory next year.

DASHA KUPRIENKO

Queen­stown Bak­ery Whole­sale worker Rita Wil­liams shows off top vege pies

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