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Wānaka pie makers scoop top awards

Date: December 9th, 2021, Posted by kai.social

Innovative Wānaka piemakers Kai Pai Bakery have won two coveted awards from the 2021 NZ Vegan Pie Awards in Auckland.

Kai Pai Bakery took home the awards for best Vegetable Pie and the Commercial Award for their Vegan Roast Vegetable and Cashew Curry pie. More than 70 vegan pies from around New Zealand were judged as part of the awards, held by The Vegan Society.

Kai Pai owner Ian Warner says the accolades are a testament to Kai Pai’s dedication to developing excellent flavour combinations and catering to different consumer markets.

“We are thrilled to be recognised for two of our vegan pies at these prestigious national awards,” he says. “Our head baker Jason Danielson and the team are very talented at what they do and it’s wonderful to receive these accolades for our small family business down in Wānaka.”

The wins top off an extraordinary year for the iconic Wānaka bakery. Kai Pai received six Top 10 awards from the Bakels Supreme Pie Awards in July, including a Gold Award for its Chicken, Leek and Bacon pie, and took home more awards than any other bakery in the South Island.

The introduction of vegan pies has been successful for the bakery, which produces 25,000 pies a day from its purpose-built Wānaka premise.

The Vegan Society national coordinator Amanda Sorrenson says the NZ Vegan Pie Awards aim to raise the profile and the excellence of vegan food in Aotearoa.

“Pies are very much a Kiwi tradition and five years ago a vegan would have had a hard time finding a vegan pie anywhere,” she says. “There are now literally hundreds of vegan pies available to Kiwis around the whole of NZ and the Vegan Pie Awards showcases the best of the best.

“The judges were very impressed with Kai Pai’s Vegetable and Roast Vegetable and Cashew Curry pies, which were awarded first place in their categories.”

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Kai Pai wins at 2021 NZ Vegan Pie Awards

Date: December 8th, 2021, Posted by kai.social

Kai Pai are super proud winners at the New Zealand Vegan Pie Awards 2021 – Winning 2 awards for our Vegan Roasted Vegetable Curry & Cashews Pie!

Amazing recognition for our team for all their hard work to produce a commercial Vegan Pie range.

This award winning flavour is also available in our Petite Savoury Range.

See full info for our Vegan Pie and Savouries range here

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Vegan Roasted Vegetable Curry & Cashews

Date: September 3rd, 2021, Posted by kai.social



Roast Vegetable Cashew Curry Filling (50%) [roast vegetables (47%) (carrot, kumara, onion, parsnip, potato, pumpkin), coconut ceam (coconut extract, water, stabilisers (415, 412, 407)), water, cashew nuts (4%), curry paste (2%) (green chilli, lemongrass, salt, garlic, onion, galangal, lime peel, herbs & spices, pepper), modified maize starch (1422), sugar, canola oil], Pastry [wheat flour, margarine (vegetable oil, water, salt, emulsifier (471, 322-soy), acidity regulator (500, 330), antioxidant (307b-soy), colour (160a)), water, salt], Rice Flour


Contains Gluten, Soy, Cashew Nuts

Posted in: Gourmet Petite Savoury, Petite Savouries, Vegan, Vegan / Vegetarian, Vegetarian

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Kai Pai Pies – Most Awarded Commercial Baker in NZ

Date: August 4th, 2021, Posted by kai.social

So we have done a bit of analysis on the New Zealand Bakels Pie Awards from the last few years and this is what we have found out. Stoked to say the least!

  • Most Awarded Commercial Pie Manufacturer in New Zealand (year on year) for the past 5 years
  • Kai Pai placed 2nd for the most number of awards received in the past 2 years and equal 2nd over the past 5 years
  • Consistently the most awarded Bakery in the South Island year on year

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Source: https://pieawards.nz/pie_awards_2021.cfm

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Wanaka bakery’s best-ever result at national pie awards

Date: July 28th, 2021, Posted by kai.social

A humble Wanaka pie has again been crowned best of its variety in New Zealand.

Local piemaker Kai Pai Bakery was last night awarded the Gold Award for its Chicken, Leek and Bacon pie at New Zealand’s premier Bakels Supreme Pie Awards in Auckland, along with five other Top 10 awards.

Kai Pai Bakery won a Silver Award for its Steak & Gravy pie and a Bronze Award for the Gourmet Meat category (with its Chicken, Leek, Mushroom & Bacon pie). It took fifth place in the Bacon & Egg pie category, sixth place in the Commercial Wholesale category (for its Mince & Cheese pie) and ninth place in the Vegetarian category (for its Creamy Pumpkin Sauce with Brocolli, Cauliflower, Capsicum, Parsnip and Roast Carrot pie).

The Gold Award is the second consecutive time Kai Pai Bakery has won best overall for Chicken and Vegetable category, winning the accolade in 2019 (the awards were not held in 2020 due to Covid-19).

This year’s awards produced the best-ever result for Kai Pai Bakery, receiving a Gold, Silver and Bronze as well as three other placings in the Top-10 best pies in New Zealand. It also won the most awards out of any other bakery in the South Island.

Kai Pai Bakery head baker Jason Danielson is now second-equal in the country for the most number of Top 10 awards achieved in the past five years, behind the legendary Patrick Lam.

Under the guidance of owner Ian Warner and baking expertise of Danielson, Kai Pai Bakery produces 25,000 pies a day from its purpose-built Wanaka premise, distributed nationwide. It is one of the largest family-owned and operated bakeries in the South Island.

Warner says the nationwide recognition is a huge honour for the business, which has been in operation since 2010 and employs 27 people.

“As a commercial pie manufacturer that competes with smaller boutique bakeries, getting this recognition is pretty special for us – especially given the calibre of our fellow entrants and the expert status of the judging panel,” Warner says. “Our team works hard all year round and these awards are testament to their dedication and passion for the piemaking industry.”

The 2021 Bakels Supreme Pie Awards saw 465 bakeries from around NZ enter, and more than 5000 pies were judged.

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Wanaka bakery’s best-ever result at national pie awards