Richard Gordon: Manager. Though better known for scoffing sausage rolls, he is nevertheless enthusiastic about any grub he doesn’t need to cook or buy himself. A generous scorer. Kris Dando: Reporter. A meat pie aficionado who established the practice/ religion of ‘Friday Pie-day’ many years ago at our office. Andrea O’Neil: Reporter. Bit of a pie snob, would normally use a knife and fork, but resorted to fingers for the challenge after jeers from fellow judges. Matthew Dallas: Editor. native of Hawke’s Bay, known for its fine bakeries and award-winning pies. For a high school term, ate a meat pie every day, earning the nickname ‘Piebeast’. He didn’t like it.
Bakers’ delight: Village Bakery owner Gary Morre was rapt to learn his mince pie had taken out Kapi-Mana News’ inaugural Piehole Challenge. He credited his two bakers, Chanel McCardle and Philip Wong, for much of its savoury goodness.