At a meeting held during the Fine Food Show,baking industry identities John Ross of Pastrycooks and Bakers News Monthly, and Craig Perry, formerly of GFW Foodservice, came up with the idea of an annual competition to find “the best meat pie in Australia”. The principal objectives for the Competition were to provide a national platform for quality pie improvement while providing a vehicle to gain maximum media exposure for pies and pie makers in their battle for a share of the fast food dollar.