The New Zealand Vegan Pie Awards

Celebrating the craft and skill of Vegan Piemakers throughout Aotearoa.

Vegan Pie Awards

Welcome to New Zealand’s Vegan Pie Competition 2024

The New Zealand Supreme Vegan Pie Awards recognises and honours 8 award-winning vegan pies from around New Zealand. Judging will take place on November 1st 2024,
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2024 Awards

The Vegan Society Aotearoa will be holding the SEVENTH annual Vegan Pie Awards in October and we seek the best vegan pies to enter!

Last year the top prize went to Vegan Korma pie by Piccolo Morso – our Supreme Winner!  The event was sponsored by Gilmours, Grain Corp and The Coffee Club. Judging took place at Crave Café on 23rd October. A gala dinner was held at Kind Café, where a delicious, sumptuous dinner (not pies!) helped crown the winners.

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“Vegan pies continue to be popular with vegans and non-vegans alike, a classic Kiwi staple, a pie is never out of fashion and our winners this year showed some great ingenuity with their flavour combinations.” Vegan Society Spokesperson Claire Insley commented. “Kiwis know they can be assured of a delicious pie from any of our category winners and runners up.”

Meet the Judges - NZ Vegan Pie Awards 2024

Jasbir Kaur
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Jason Hay
aaron Pucci

Aga is the founder of Green Kai and a vegan chef.

Green Kai was born to share the joy of plant-based meals. Cooking with plants is absolutely amazing and it’s Aga’s true passion – to create delicious, nutritious, and wholesome meals that bring comfort and satisfaction.

Aga grew up in beautiful Poland, and after much travel, moved to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband. 

Multi-award-winning executive chef & trainer, TV personality, creative head and chef of the new series “Ignite the Chef in You” and President of the NZ Chef Association Auckland, Chef Jazz is an external verifier for City and Guilds, UK.

She has been judging in New Zealand’s Regional and National culinary salon competitions for the past nine years and is deputy chief judge for the Hospitality Championships.

She has worked in top hotels and restaurants in five countries – USA, UK, India, New Zealand and Spain.

Kelsi Boocock, an esteemed figure in plant-based culinary innovation, is known for her delicious, non-fuss, plant-based recipes. Cookbook author, distinguished businesswoman and former competitive swimmer, Kelsi has completed a Diploma in Plant-Based Cuisine at the Cordon Bleu in London. 

Kelsi’s culinary philosophy is defined by her expertise in harmonising global flavours, textures, and colours with familiar gastronomic elements, and ‘veganising’ cherished childhood classics. 

Her passionate belief in the transformative potential of dietary choices to alleviate stress, enhance emotional well-being, elevate self-esteem, and bolster overall health is a testament to her incredible connection with food and its huge impact on personal well-being.

The almighty and formidable vegan pie maker and multi-award winning baker, Jason Hay of Richoux Patisserie – Judge Jason!

Jason entered the Vegan Pie awards in 2018 having known about ‘vegan’ for all of 2 weeks! He jumped in heart and soul to our first competition and he aced it, winning every category he entered!

Jason reports his business improved by 40% since the addition of vegan options. Half his business is now vegan!

Jason is also vice president of Baking NZ and has been participating in, and winning, baking competitions since 2008.

Aaron Pucci has clocked up 25 years in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. His trusted palate has earned him numerous seats on judging panels for awards in New Zealand and Australia over 15 years. Aaron is always on the lookout for new brands and products ~ especially those that are breaking new ground. Aaron’s ‘food for thought’ is a desire for more manufacturers to take up the challenge of sustainable food operations and reducing their carbon footprint.

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The Vegan Pie Awards in the Media:

Check out the links below to see what others said about this year’s winners and Pie Awards:

Vegan Pie Awards 2023