Gold medal delight for bakery

206579_0118/3//20 North Photography. Kynetons Country Cobb Bakery award winners. Left to right Baker Alex , Bakers assistant Jimmy, Owner Ryan and Pastry cook Lina (Pic Marco De Luca)

Jessica Micallef

A Kyneton bakery is relishing in the sweet taste of success, once again.

Country Cob Bakery was awarded five gold, four silver and two bronze trophies for its pies and hot cross buns at the Victorian Baking Show and Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun Competition in Shepparton earlier this month.

The bakery’s traditional hot cross bun took out first place for Victoria’s best hot cross bun and its gourmet pork and pepper pie and fruit tart were crowned the state’s best for a third year in a row.

Bakery co-owner Ryan Chun said he was thrilled to have received so many awards for their baked goods.

“It feels good and pretty exciting,” he said.

“I am proud of the whole team as well. This is our first time winning best hot cross bun in the state. It’s such a privilege to win.”

The country bakery is no stranger to success.

The pork and pepper pie took out the top spot in last year’s Australia’s Best Pie and Pastie Competition and its lamb ragu pie placed third in the country for best red meat pie at The Great Aussie Pie Competition last year.

Mr Chan said dedication and using only the best ingredients was the secret behind the best pies and hot cross buns.

“The secret is the amount of pride you put in and also the amount of fruit,” he said.

“Also practicing is the key and using fresh ingredients.

“The best pie involves lots of hard work to incorporate new flavours to create new innovative ideas.

“My team is behind the success because they are the ones tasting the pie and giving me comments and feedback and telling me what to do to improve.”