The king of New Zealand pie makers, Patrick Lam of Patrick’s Pies Café and Bakery in Tauranga has won his sixth Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Award with a Roast Pork and Creamy Mushroom pie in the Gourmet Meat category.

The Award was announced in Auckland on July 31 at a 1950s themed gala dinner attended by bakers from all over New Zealand keen to find out who among them would win the top accolade.

Patrick’s Supreme pie this year went up against 5491 other pies at judging in Auckland on July 26.

It had to beat 550 other Gourmet Meat category entrants through rigorous quality control tests before even being tasted.

Once the Gold Awards in the 12 categories are decided, all but the Café Boutique category go on to the final judging round.

Five of the best pie judges in New Zealand, including this year’s celebrity chef judge, Ben Bayly then judge them from scratch to choose the Supreme Award winner. Supreme winning odds 1 to 5490!