THE locals know how good the pastries are at Bels Bakery, but now the business has picked up a number of awards to prove it.
Bakers from all over Australia meet in Melbourne each September to compete for the most sought after award for their industry, The Official Great Aussie Pie Competition.
Bels Bakery owners Bel and Wayne Morrison entered a variety of eight pies and one sausage roll into the four day competition, which was held between September 12 and September 15.
They came away with gold medals for four pies including the plain mince, gourmet vegetarian, gourmet big breakkie and gourmet greek delight.
Bels Bakery also achieved silver medals for their plain mince chunky combo pie, plain chunky pie, gourmet reef and beef pie, thai green curry pie and sausage roll.
The pastries were judged by a team of 16 judges from the baking industry.
Ms Morrison said the key to a great pie was fresh produce and good quality meat, which they source locally.
The pies are all made fresh in the bakery daily and the couple were worried that by transporting them to the competition, they might not be up to standard.
“We don’t freeze our product but to get it to Melbourne we had to, to transport them down there,” Ms Morrison said.
The couple worked hard to wrap the pastries ‘like babies’ and took them on to the plane as hand luggage to ensure that they arrived intact.
The Morrisons have owned the bakery for almost 20 years and said they rely on feedback from their customers and employees to tell them how to consistently improve their produce.