This page tells you everything you need to know about the Official Great Aussie Pie Competition categories, major titles, and awards.

2023 Official Plain Meat Pie Major Title Winner

Official Plain Meat Pie Major Title
(Mince, Chunky, or Combo)

Each establishment is allowed to submit three (3) entries in the plain pie competition category. This enables those pie manufacturers who make different kinds of plain pies to enter three (3) examples of their work. For example, a plain mince, a plain chunky, and a plain mince/chunky combination entry. Plain pies must contain either beef, veal, or lamb. No vegetables are allowed except for onion.

Official Plain Sausage Roll Major Title

Each establishment is allowed to submit one (1) recipe in the Plain Sausage Roll category. Entries should be single serve size (min 10cm – max 20cm), open ended roll in a puff pastry case with a seasoned meat filling (usually beef or pork or combination of both). Some onion, carrot, herbs, and breadcrumbs may be added for flavour and texture, other vegetables are not permitted.

Overall Official Gourmet Pie Major Title

The Overall Official Gourmet Pie competition category winner is awarded to the pie with the highest overall score from the eleven (11) sub-categories below. 

Official Meat Pastie Title

One entry per establishment, using a meat Pastie recipe.
This title is awarded to the highest overall scoring Traditional Pastie.

2022 Official Gourmet Sausage Roll Category Winner - Gippsland Gourmet Pies

Official Gourmet Sausage Roll Major Title

Unlimited entries are allowed by each establishment in the Gourmet Sausage Roll category. Any gourmet filling is accepted including Game, Poultry, Vegetarian, Red Meat, Gluten Free etc.

Gourmet Pie Sub-categories

We have eleven (11) sub-categories (see below). Each establishment is allowed unlimited entries in each sub-category. For example, you may enter as many times in the poultry sub-category as you wish (e.g., “Chicken and Mushroom” or “Chicken and Corn” or “Chicken and Vegetable” etc.). You will be charged entry and courier fees for each entry.

2023 Gourmet Red Meat Pie Winner

Red Meat

Beef, Veal, Lamb, Buffalo, etc.

Pepper Steak Award is awarded to the highest scoring pepper steak pie in this pie competition category.



Venison, Goat, Rabbit, Crocodile, Kangaroo, etc.

Gourmet Pie Category - Apple Pie


Multiple recipes are permitted to enter this sub-category, for example “Apple only” “Apple and Raspberry”, “Apple and Apricot” etc. Apple must be the main ingredient in all, however additional fruit is accepted. Short crust pastry must be used for the base and lid. Top decoration is permitted.

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This category applies to pies with a pork meat filling. Also includes traditional cold pork meat pie as subcategory

Please note: “Traditional Cold Pork Pies” can receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate, but are not eligible to take out the overall category win as they are not judged equally against aussie style pork pies that are judged hot and cold.   

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2023 Potato Top Pie Winner

Shepherd’s / Potato Top Pie

Any meat/vegetable filling recipe can be entered. Pies should have a potato, potato variation, or sweet potato top, pasty lid is not required.

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Gourmet Pie Category - Brekkie Pie


Sweet or savoury recipes can be entered e.g., Bacon and Egg or Muesli and Fruit.

2020 Category Winner - Gourmet Chicken Pie


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2023 Gluten-Free Pie Winner

Gluten Free

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Gourmet Pie Category - Slow Cooked/Smoked BBQ

Slow Cooked / Smoked BBQ

Beef, Pork, or Lamb.

Apprentice Category
2024 = Pepper Steak Pie

A mince or chunky beef pie that must include pepper spices.

The pie flavour for this category changes each year and will be announced when competition registration opens (e.g., 2020 = plain meat pie flavour, 2021 = poultry flavour).

The apprentices employer must enter a major category in the competition to gain a single entry for each apprentice employed by the business. Although the entry fee  for this category is waived, entrants who choose to use the TNT freight service are encouraged to package their pies with their employers entry.

All entrants will receive an Electronic Entry Kit containing tips for the competition and a free EOI promotional set.

Click here to read tips from 2019 Chief Judge Mike French.

2022 Winner Tom Lindsay Pepper Steak Pie Award

The Tom Lindsay Pepper Steak Pie Award

A mince or chunky beef pie that must include pepper spices. Awarded to the highest scoring pepper steak pie from the Gourmet Red Meat Category.

The Official Great Aussie Pie Competition - John Ross Innovation Award

The John Ross Innovation Award

Awarded to the most innovative pie or sausage roll across all categories.