It won’t be just Steak and Cheese and Potato Top entered into this year’s 20th Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards. As entries open, New Zealand bakers are gearing up for one of the most competitive years to date. The Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards are the biggest food awards in the country and are hugely valuable to New Zealand bakers.

“It is the pinnacle of the industry. It takes dedication and a lot of hard work to make a pie worthy of winning this award. It shows real skill,” said Brent Kersel, managing director at NZ Bakels.

Kersel has judged the prestigious awards for ten years. Texture, colour, flavour and gravy proportion to meat are the top factors when looking for the wow factor in a pie’s filling.

Over 5000 pies are judged from more than 550 bakers around the country. The Supreme winner will receive a cheque for $7,500 and the much sought-after trophy. Gold winners will receive a cheque for $1,000. Entries are now open and close on June 23.