Weeks after the country’s greatest hot chips were named by Wotif, the title of best meat pie in Australia has been bestowed upon Pinjarra Bakery (WA) for the second time in three years by The Official Great Aussie Pie Competition of 2021.
“It’s a massive thing, this is probably the most prestigious award in the baking game, and to be named the best meat pie in Australia… there’s not a much better accolade you can get,” says winning baker Paul Pantaleo, who partnered with one Darren Rowe back in 2019 for Pinjarra Bakery’s maiden win.
“It means the world to us and we hope people can come and try one of these amazing pies and hopefully they enjoy it.”
“[Last time we won], we had people coming from all over Western Australia to try a pie, people ringing up to try to get pies sent over east. The word gets out and people are pretty keen to give it a try.”
Pantaleo revealed the secret to crafting the ultimate meat pie essentially comes down to four simple elements: good quality ingredients, a dry bottom (“nobody likes soggy pastry”), a crispy puff pastry top, and a tasty filling that isn’t too runny.
Here are the five best plain meat pies according to The Official Great Aussie Pie Competition (2021 Edition):
- Pinjarra Bakery, Pinjarra WA (Chunky)
- Jack’s Bakery, Halls Head WA (Chunky)
- Miami Bakehouse, Greenfields, WA (Chunky)
- Rolling Pin Pies & Cakes – Ocean Grove VIC (Mince)
- Country Cobb Bakery, Springvale, VIC (Mince)
It’s interesting to note that while Rolling Pin Pies & Cakes and Country Cobb Bakery only placed 4th and 5th respectively, elsewhere, they placed far higher. Australia’s Best Pie & Pastie Competition for 2021 named the former best pie overall for this year, whereas the latter placed first in five separate categories – Plain Mince Pie, Flavoured Beef Pie, Vegetarian Pie, Mushroom Pie, and Apprentice Plain Mince Beef Pie. Previously, Country Cobb Bakery retained the title of best pie in Australia across two consecutive years (from 2019 to 2020).
Check out the full results for the Great Aussie Pie Competition of 2021 below.