Great Aussie Pie Competition

Published on 13 November 2017

A swag of awards at the 28th annual Great Aussie Pie Competition in Sydney has spurred the crew at Bridgewater Bakehouse on to greater heights.
The business took out four prizes at the Fine Foods Australia’s 2017 showcase, held recently in Darling Harbour.

Bridgewater Bakehouse owner Pat O’Toole said he attended the event along with principal baker Cameron Frank, his business partner in the Bendigo store.

“We won a gold medal in the poultry section with our pesto chicken, silver for our chilli beef and cheese and two bronze medals for our plain and seafood pies,” Mr O’Toole said.

“We’ve entered several times before and we’re slowly getting better and better.

“The way the competition works is that the entries judged among the best place ‘gold’, then all those are assessed again for best overall.

“That top prize is our aim for the next few years.”

The latest initiative from the bakery will see a juice bar opening in the Bendigo shop later this month.

“We’ll definitely be expanding the business further over the next four to five years,” Mr O’Toole said. 

Bakers and pie makers from all over Australia converge alternately in Sydney and Melbourne each September to compete for the most sought-after award in their industry.

The competition is judged over a four-day period by a team of 16 judges from the baking industry, with 10 categories of pies appraised.

Three years ago, the first Official Great Aussie Sausage Roll competition was added.

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