Baking Association of Australia crowns Country Cob Bakery’s satay seafood pie as nation’s best

Judges have taken on the enviable task of tasting nearly two thousand pies from across the country to find Australia’s best.

And while the baking industry’s peak body would say the trip to country Victoria to get your hands on it was well worthwhile – don’t expect something traditional.

That’s because the winner is in fact a satay seafood pie.

The eight judges on the Baking Association of Australia agreed it deserved top billing at the 2018 Australia’s Best Pie Competition after getting through more than 1700 pies in total.

And although the contents might not be to everyone’s taste, the baker behind the delicacy said it’s not what’s on the inside that counts.

Chan Khun took home seven gongs in total for his pies at the national competition.Chan Khun took home seven gongs in total for his pies at the national competition.

“Everyone loves pastry,” baker Chan Khun told 7 News.

“They love crusty and crunchy… we have to get the right consistency.”

And if his performance at the competition is anything to go by, he’s certainly getting it right.

Mr Khun, who took over the Country Cob Bakery just two years ago, went home with a total of seven awards from the Gold Coast based competition.

So if seafood isn’t your thing you can opt instead for Australia’s best mince pie, or Australia’s best vegetarian pie and pastie – all at the baker in the Macedon Ranges in Kyneton.

The Cambodian born baker moved to Australia 14 years ago and concedes that he had never even heard of a pie.

He got into the business a year later however, and says he has strived for perfection ever since.

Perfection that has spread to pastry lovers around Victoria, many who now travel several hours to tuck into his award winning Aussie delicacy.

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