THE GUTS OF IT:
We wanted to find and acknowledge the best pies in town. Mince pies from 10 bakeries across Porirua and Tawa were tasted and rated by four of our team.
Filling flavour was rated out of 10, filling consistency, pastry flavour and value were each rated out of five. This meant each judge scored each pie out of 25, for a total score out of 100.
The bakeries had no knowledge of The Piehole Challenge. One pie from each bakery was purchased, returned to the office, quartered and gobbled.
Only editor Matthew Dallas, who bought the pies, knew where each pie came from, the other judges were ‘blind’.
No tomato sauce or other condiments were used during judging.
It is not our intention to promote mince pies or other pastries as an everyday lunch option. They should be considered a treat – and a Kiwi institution.