New Zealand's best pie for 2019 has just been revealed

It's no secret that we Kiwis absolutely love our pies!

Absolutely nothing beats tucking into a rich pie, loaded with meat, vegetables and gravy.

So, of course, we're always on the hunt for the tastiest morsels.

And now the location of where to find the best pie in New Zealand has been revealed ...

The king of New Zealand pie makers, Tauranga's Patrick Lam, has won his seventh Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Award.

With this, he is Bakels NZ most awarded baker, clutching his crown in a one-point victory over his opponents with a stunning mince and cheese pie.


Pat Lam's supreme winning mince and cheese pie. Photo / Supplied

On July 25, the judges, including celebrity chef judge Gareth Stewart, began the task at dawn of finding a winner from 5326 pies entered by 553 bakers. It took nearly nine hours.

While there have been four previous Mince & Cheese Supreme winners (2001, 2002, 2005 and 2013) since the competition began in 1996, entry numbers in this category have steadily grown as New Zealanders declared it their favourite pie.

Bakels NZ managing director Brent Kersel says: "The Supreme pie was absolute perfection. The pastry was golden, with perfect lamination, flaky, and a delight to bite into. The filling though surprised us. It was like the cheese had been swirled through the mince and the way it blended in your mouth as a result was exceptional, delicious.

"Mince and cheese is my favourite pie, and I’d go so far as to say Patrick’s was the best I’ve ever tasted."

The full list of winners are:

MINCE & GRAVY
Gold Award
Oliver’s Bakehouse, Auckland

Silver Award
Richoux Patisserie, Auckland

Bronze Award
Fresh Bun Cafe, Tuakau

Highly Commended
Bakers Oven, Whangaparaoa

POTATO TOPPED
Gold Award
Euro Patisserie, Auckland

Silver Award
Dairy Flat Bakery, Albany

Bronze Award
Copenhagen Bakery, Christchurch

Highly Commended
Bakers Oven, Whangaparaoa

STEAK & CHEESE
Gold Award
Nada Bakery, Wellington

Silver Award
Dairy Flat Bakery, Albany

Bronze Award
Fast & Fresh Bakery, Taupo

Highly Commended
Bakery Bobs Bakery Cafe, Tauranga

CHICKEN & VEGETABLE
Gold Award
Kai Pai Wholesale, Wanaka

Silver Award
Richoux Patisserie, Auckland

Bronze Award
Goldstar Patricks Pies, Tauranga

Highly Commended
My Bakery Kelston, Auckland

CAFÉ BOUTIQUE
Gold Award
Poached Rhubarb and Blueberry
Original Foods, Christchurch

Silver Award
Prime Hereford Beef Cheeks, Mushroom, aged Cheddar, Fenugreek and Garden Herbs.
The Whistling Frog, Owaka

Bronze Award
Chicken Porcini in cream sauce
Red Kitchen, Te Awamutu

Highly Commended
Mutton Shanks
Rangiriri Pies, Rangiriri

GOURMET MEAT
Gold Award
Moroccan Lamb Pie
Orewa Bakery, Orewa

Silver Award
Chicken & Bacon in a Cream Sauce
Kai Pai Wholesale, Wanaka

Bronze Award
Slow Cooked Pork Belly
Nada Bakery, Wellington

Highly Commended
Lamb, Kumara, Bacon & Camembert
Mairangi Bay Bakery, Auckland

TRUCKIE & TRADIE (STEAK & GRAVY)
Gold Award
Euro Patisserie, Auckland

Silver Award
Fast & Fresh Bakery, Taupo

Bronze Award
Crown Bakery, Pukekohe

Highly Commended
Julia’s Bakery, Auckland

BACON & EGG
Gold Award
Goldstar Patricks Pies, Tauranga

Silver Award
Waihi Bakery, Waihi

Bronze Award
Richoux Patisserie, Auckland

Highly Commended
Pak n Save Wairau, Glenfield

MINCE & CHEESE
Gold Award
Goldstar Patricks Pies, Tauranga

Silver Award
Bakery Bobs Bakery Cafe, Tauranga

Bronze Award
Summer Bakery, Auckland

Highly Commended
Dairy Flat Bakery, Albany

GOURMET FRUIT
Gold Award
Blackforest
Ten O’Clock Cookie Bakery Cafe, Masterton

Silver Award
Blueberry, Apple & Peach 
Corner Bakery, Auckland

Bronze Award
Fresh Lemon Meringue
Patrick's on Lake Road, Rotorua

Highly Commended
Mix Berries and Apple 
Dairy Flat Bakery, Albany

VEGETARIAN
Gold Award
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Pumpkin, Carrot, Spinach 
Euro Patisserie, Auckland

Silver Award
Vege BBQ Cheese Burger, Beyond Meat Patty
Butchart’s Home Cookery, Whanganui

Bronze Award
Stir-Fried Veg in a Cream Cheese Sauce 
Goldstar Patricks Pies, Tauranga

Highly Commended
White Sauce with Pumpkin & Carrot 
Kai Pai Wholesale, Wanaka

COMMERCIAL WHOLESALE – MINCE & CHEESE
Gold Award
Oxford Pies, Hamilton

Silver Award
Dad’s Pies, Auckland

Bronze Award
Couplands Bakeries, Christchurch

Highly Commended
Kai Pai Wholesale, Wanaka

SUPREME
Mince & Cheese
Patrick Lam
Goldstar Patricks Pies, Tauranga