Holmesglen graduate wins best Australian pie


Holmesglen graduate Chan Khun and his Country Cob Bakery team are Australia’s undoubted pie masters, winning ‘Australia’s Best Pie’ award for the third consecutive year.

Judges awarded Country Cob Bakery’s pepper beef pie the top honour at a national event held by the Baking Assocation of Australia.

Chan’s passion for baking started in our Holmesglen kitchens where he gained a SIT31016 Certificate III in Patisserie qualification and then studied hospitality management. His win has been reported widely across Australia through the ABC, SBS and SKY News, and in the UK through the BBC.

"I learnt a lot from Holmesglen. Without my knowledge, I wouldn’t have come this far. I want people to see where I learnt, and then how I became successful."

Chan came to Australia from Cambodia in 2004. He credits Holmesglen for helping build his professional communication and leaderships skills. These skills gave him the confidence to start Country Cob Bakery with his brother, Ryan, in 2016. The brothers now run bakeries in Kyneton and Boronia.

With success comes demand and Country Cob Bakery has needed to take on extra staff to meet its online orders. Chan says the Boronia store is three times busier than usual.

Adhering to lockdown restrictions and social distancing, the team has successfully navigated a move to online deliveries, in addition to its takeaway service.

With industry acclaim, public praise and word of mouth leading the way, Chan and his team will set their ambitions on the future -- including a win next year.

“We have a good team here. Every year the competition gets stronger and stronger. Every year we learn. We can only try our best.”

What's the secret ingredient to Australia's best pie?

Chan believes a great pie is about being greater than the sum of its parts. From the quality of ingredients sourced from the butcher, to how the dough is mixed, and pastry laminated, Country Cob Bakery pies are a labour of love.

“It’s a lot of little things, not just one thing. Everything must be perfect from the start. It's little things that can make big things happen,” Chan says.

What's the secret ingredient to Australia's best pie?

Country Cob Bakery categories won:

  • Australia’s Best Pie - Overall
  • Class one – Plain mince beef pie
  • Class three – Beef flavoured pie
  • Class four – Vegetarian pie
  • Class seven – Gourmet pie

To order Chan’s award-winning pies, visit the Country Cob Bakery website

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