Where to find New Zealand's best pies

Where to find New Zealand's best pies

And the best pie of 2019 is...

For the seventh time, baker Patrick Lam has been announced as New Zealand's king of pies.

Lam, who owns three bakeries in Tauranga, Bethlehem and Rotorua, won the top award at Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards on Tuesday evening with his mince and cheese pie.

Where to find New Zealand's best pies

He also had the best bacon and egg pie and came in third with his chicken and vegetable pie, and vegetarian pie.

Whittled down from 5326 pies entered by 553 bakers, it took nine hours for the judges, including celebrity chef judge Gareth Stewart, to decide the winner.

Bakels NZ managing director Brent Kersel said Lam's mince and cheese pie was the best he has ever tasted.

"The Supreme pie was absolute perfection. The pastry was golden, with perfect lamination, flaky, and a delight to bite into. The filling though surprised us. It was like the cheese had been swirled through the mince and the way it blended in your mouth as a result was exceptional, delicious," Kersel said.

Where to find New Zealand's best pies

For winning the top award, two golds, and two bronzes, Lam pockets $9500 and the honour of calling himself pie king.

Best New Zealand pies

Mince & Gravy: Oliver's Bakehouse, Mission Bay, Auckland

Potato topped: Euro Patisserie, Torbay, Auckland

Steak & Cheese: Nada Bakery, Tawa, Wellington

Chicken & Vegetable: Kai Pai Wholesale, Wanaka

Cafe boutique: Original Foods, Wigram, Christchurch

Gourmet meat: Orewa Bakery, Orewa

Truckie & Tradie (Steak & Gravy): Euro Patisserie, Torbay, Auckland

Bacon & Egg: Goldstar Patrick's Pies, Tauriko, Tauranga

Mince & Cheese: Goldstar Patrick's Pies, Tauriko, Tauranga

Gourmet fruit: Ten O'Clock Cookie Bakery Cafe, Masterton

Vegetarian: Euro Patisserie, Torbay, Auckland