By Jessica Micallef
A Kyneton bakery is enjoying the sweet taste of success.
Country Cob Bakery was awarded 12 gold and 12 silver medals for its pies and sausage rolls at The Great Aussie Pie Competition in Sydney earlier this month.
Bakery co-owner and head pastry chef Chan Khun said he and his brother Ryan were thrilled their bakery received so many awards.
“It feels amazing,” Chan said.
“We’re always keen to improve our quality of the product. At the competition we saw lots of good product and the competition is getting tougher and tougher for us.”
The bakery’s lamb ragu pie also took out third place for Australia’s best red meat pie, its satay seafood pie was awarded third in the seafood category and the plain pie placed third in Australia’s greatest apprentice plain pie.
“We’ve been participating in this competition for eight or nine years now,” Chan said. “The last three years have been amazing for us because we keep winning gold. This time we entered six or seven new flavours and most of them got the gold medals.”
The brothers are no strangers to success. Their caramelised pork and pepper pie took out the top spot in this year’s Australia’s Best Pie and Pastie Competition, hosted by the Baking Association of Australia.
Chan said teamwork and dedication was the secret to the best-tasting pie.
“We have strict guidelines in the kitchen that everyone has to follow,” he said. “You have to put love into your work, but the secret is to put quality ingredients and help each other. The pies have to be crusty and fulfilling at the bite.”