The New Zealand Vegan Pie Awards
Celebrating the craft and skill of Vegan Piemakers throughout Aotearoa.
Welcome to New Zealand’s Vegan Pie Competition 2023
The New Zealand Supreme Vegan Pie Awards recognises and honours 8 award-winning vegan pies from around New Zealand.
The Vegan Society Aotearoa is holding our sixth annual Vegan Pie Awards in October and we are looking for the best vegan pies to enter with $1000 in prize money up for grabs!!
As well as publicity and the kudos of making some of the best vegan pies in NZ for our category award winners, there’s a $1000 prize for the Supreme winner!
Entry is just $20 per pie, or $15 for Vegan Society Business Members.
Making vegan pies is just as easy as making meat pies, all it requires is a change of ingredients. Most ingredients for vegan pies are easily found in your usual shopping places.
Who will be this year’s Supreme Winner? It could be anyone and newcomers have as much chance as the “old hands”.
Awards: judging takes place on 23rd October at Crave Cafe, Auckland.
Registration closes 15th October.
The pie categories are:
- Vegan Steak and Vegan Cheese – base paste bottom, and a flaky pastry on top
- Vegan Mince and Vegan Cheese – base paste bottom, and a flaky pastry on top
- Vegan Chicken – base paste bottom, and a flaky pastry on top
- Sweet pie – short crust pastry
- Vegetable – base paste bottom, and a flaky pastry on top
- Café boutique – any sort of pastry, shape, open or closed
- Gluten Free – any sort of pastry, shape, open or closed
- Commercial – base paste bottom, and a flaky pastry on top
- Plus a Supreme Award!
Meet the Judges - NZ Vegan Pie Awards 2023
From childhood, cooking was the central focus of Chef’s life, and he knew his career path was destined for the culinary world.
While graduating from a culinary school in India, Chef expanded his horizons by pursuing insights from University of Huddersfield in the UK, broadening his culinary knowledge.
Chef honed his skills and passion by working in prestigious luxury hotels across India, eventually ascending to the role of Executive Chef in Agra, a city known for one of the world’s seven wonders. His dedication and willingness to grow marked a pivotal moment in his culinary journey, propelling him into the international culinary scene where he garnered acclaim and recognition. Dharam’s commitment to hospitality extended beyond the kitchen, leading him to take on the role of Hotel Operations Manager with Sudima Hotels, where he continues to make a positive impact.
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.