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Vegie pie wins supreme award

Published: 10:53PM Tuesday July 31, 2007 Source: One News

A Havelock North baker has taken out this year's supreme pie award.

Cafe and bakery owner Neville Jackson has beaten more than 3000 other tasty creations to take out the supreme prize at the Bakels Pie Awards in Auckland.

And his winning pie, bringing a prize of $7500, is vegetarian.

It's the 10th year Jackson has aimed for the top prize and he agrees the contest has changed the image of the humble pie. This year 11 different flavours were judged, with the winning combination including carrot, silverbeet, broccoli, red capsicum and cauliflower in a creamy sauce.

"We're the capital of New Zealand when it comes to bakeries...we've always done well in the world." says Jackson.

Once known as a fatty food, pies were recently threatened with expulsion from school tuck shops but some have now been given a reprieve.

"You can't believe everything you hear about pies...they are certainly healthy for you," says Jackson.

Judge Peter Grant says when choosing a winning pie you don't want a fatty feeling in your mouth - "just a pleasant taste".

The New Zealand pie market is now worth more than $120 million and at an average price of $2.00 per pie that means Kiwis are eating a total of 70 million pies a year.

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