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Ka pai to Kai Pai pies!

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 01 Aug, 2019 | By Allison McLean journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

‘Knead' all about it: the honours continue to rise for Wanaka's award-winning Kai Pai Bakery.

The local bakery took home six Top 10 Awards this week at the 23rd annual Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards; it received more awards than any other South Island bakery. 

After nine years of business, Kai Pai Bakery now 'officially' creates the best chicken, leek and bacon pie in the country after receiving a Gold Award for the category. Kai Pai Bakery also won a Silver Award in the Gourmet Meat category for its chicken, leek, bacon and mushroom pie. The bakery also landed fifth in the mince and cheese category and sixth in the Truckie and Tradie (steak and gravy) category. It received Highly Commended mentions in the vegetarian and commercial wholesale (mince and cheese) categories.

The family-owned and operated Kai Pai Bakery makes 25,000 pies a day from its location in town. Kai Pai Bakery head baker Jason Danielson accepted the awards during the Auckland ceremony last night, and was one of only two recipients of a Gold Award in the South Island this year. Over the past four years, Danielson has received 15 Top 10 Awards, more than any baker in the South Island and third equal in the country. He has been making pies for more than 25 years.

“These awards are always the cherry on top of all of our team's hard work and dedication,” said Danielson. “We are so thrilled to be acknowledged again at this year's Bakels Awards, especially given the calibre of the fellow entrants and the expert status of the panel of judges.”

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