1990 - 1999

 

1990 Sydney – ICTF

The first Competition was held in conjunction with the Sydney International Catering Trade Fair (ICTF). Sponsors included GFW Foodservice, Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation (AMLC) , Pastrycooks and Bakers News Monthly, Ansett, Comet Couriers, Menumaster Microwave Ovens, Lindsay PieMaking Equipment and G.G. Benjamin Pty Ltd. John Ross and Craig Perry developed the Official Great Aussie Pie Competition logo, and the judging team was lead by senior TAFE baking lecturer, Mike Fleming. The Overall Winner was Colonial Bakery, Milsons Point, Sydney.

 

1991 Melbourne – Foodservice
Once again the Competition was an outstanding success and became a major drawcard for the Foodservice Trade Fair. The Overall Winner was Beaumonts Pies, Geelong, Victoria.

 

1992 Sydney – ICTF
John Ross took over the marketing activities while Craig Perry's company DCP Marketing ran the competition. The judging panel included industry personality Ian McKenzie (Ansett Catering), Brian Coulthart and Neil Beattie (BRI).The Overall Winner was Barry's Buns, North Ryde, Sydney.

 

1993 Melbourne – Foodservice
EOI Foods and Polytek Food Equipment became sponsors. Media interest included an 8 minute segment on the Bert Newton Show and excellent national TV news coverage both before and after the event. Judges were led once again by Ian McKenzie supported by Robyn Gosney (AMLC), Brian O'Callaghan (Wild Holly Cakes) and Henny Hillebrand (William Angliss College,Melbourne).
The Overall Winner was Sunrise Pies, Launceston, Tasmania.

 

1994 Sydney – ICTF
Weston Milling and KAM Products became sponsors, while the withdrawal of the Meat and Livestock Corporation allowed for the introduction of the Gourmet Pie Competition which was held on one day only with separate judges. The Competition attracted record entries from across Australia and national media coverage. The Overall Winner was Betabake, Milperra, New South Wales, the first large manufacturer to win the Competition.

 

1995 Melbourne – Foodservice
Craig Perry relinquished his role with the Competition and John Ross took over management. Entries matched previous years with the large number of Gourmet entries having to be judged over two days. Kim McArthur, TAFE Wollongong teacher, became the first female chief judge and undertook a review of the judging format for use in later years. Channel 7 sent a TV crew to spend the day at the Competition. The Overall Winner was Egons Cake Shop, Lower Templestowe, Victoria.

 

1996 Sydney – ICTF
TNT Couriers became a sponsor and the official Competition couriers. Kim McArthur remained as judge coordinator and judging was expanded to all days of the Trade Fair to allow time to judge the record number of entries. The revised judging format was instituted to great acclaim. The media highlight this year was an appearance by John Ross on the Midday Show with Kerri-Anne Kennerley. The Overall Winner was Stanley's Pies, Albany, Western Australia, while Cronulla Pie Shop, Sydney, won the Gourmet Section.

 

1997 Brisbane – ICTF
Moffat became a sponsor and ran an on-site pie making demonstration which formed part of the overall stand. Once again media coverage was exceptional with all three local TV channels announcing the winners on the last day. Nationally, TV news coverage appeared on all channels. The Overall Winner was Goldstein's Bakery, Gold Coast, Queensland, while Loftus Pies, Kirrawee, New South Wales, won the Gourmet Section.

 

1998 Sydney – ICTF
Moffat ran a highly successful on-site bakery which added a whole new dimension to the Competition area. Media coverage included a live cross to the Channel 9 Today Show, nationwide TV news features, and a feature story in Sydney's Daily Telegraph. The Overall Winner was Boscastle Pastries, Collingwood, Victoria, while Elaine's Pie Stop, Mona Vale, Sydney, won the Gourmet Section.

 

1999 Melbourne – Foodservice
Silverwater Bakery Equipment replaced Moffat as a silver sponsor and continued to run the on-site bakery at the Competition. Media coverage included a direct TV broadcast by Peter Howard on the Channel 9 Today Show and an appearance on Channel 7’s Denise Drysdale program. Both the Official Great Aussie Meat Pie Competition and the Gourmet Pie Competition were judged over five days with 10 judges working under chief judge Shayne Bell. The Overall Winner was Aussie Treats, Cardiff, New South Wales, while Mick's Bakehouse, Leeton, New South Wales won the Gourmet Section.