Baker puts Waihi on pie-eaters map
The people of Waihi don’t have to go far to find a gold medal winning steak and cheese pie.
Bunhour and Phida Luon, who own the Waihi Bakery, picked up a Gold Award at the 2017 NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Awards held in Auckland on August 1.
Bunhour, or Vic as he is known, said it was very exciting to get the phone call saying they had won an award.
‘‘You are not told which one of your pies has won an award but it is to let you know to be at the award dinner,’’ he said.
‘‘They usually ring by 7pm and when I had no phone call I thought we had not got in. And then the phone rang, very exciting,’’ he said.
It is the first time he has made an award-winning pie but before moving to Waihi last September he worked in his brother’s bakery in Taupo and baked the winning pie under his name.
There were no special ingredients in the pies sent for judging.
‘‘They are the same pie anyone can buy in our shop, except it had to look perfect,’’ he said.
The Luons love living in Waihi and like the small-town atmosphere.
‘‘It is a good place to start my first bakery and now I have put Waihi on the pie-eaters map,’’ he said.
Waihi Bakery came 5th in the Top 10 in the Bacon and Egg pies section and 6th in the Mince and Gravy pies.
They will be entering the contest again next year.