The secret behind New Zealand's top pie? Good filling and great pastry.
That combo helped the owner of a Taupo bakery take home the title of New Zealand's top pie with his venison, bacon, mushroom and cheese delicacy.
"It is a big seller," said creator Lee Ing of Taupo's Fast & Fresh Bakery.
Mr Ing treated TVNZ1's Breakfast team to the pie, which took out the nationwide competition at the Bakels' Pie Awards last night.
It comes at a modest price of $4.90, which Mr Ing says will not change, despite its new status.
He said the most important part of a pie is the filling, "but for the [awards] entry, the pastry".
"If the pastry isn't right, you haven't got a chance to get into the final."
The pie took out a Gold Award in the Gourmet Meat section, before going on to win the overall award.
Last year, Mr Ing received a 'Highly Commended' for the same section, and a Bronze Award for steak and cheese.