WIN it once and they might say it was a fluke.
Win it twice in-a-row and it’s undeniable.
Jo Jo’s Gluten Free Goodies of Kernot in Bass Coast has just taken out the prestigious award for ‘Australia’s Best Pastie’ for the second year in succession.
They won it with their ‘Roasted Vegetable’ Pastie, an absolute classic pastie produced in the finest traditions.
And head baker, Joanne Krog, wasted no time posting the good news for all her supporters, customers and suppliers.
“Second year in a row ‘Australia’s Best Pastie’ is jojo’s, woo-hoo,” said Joanne echoing the words of the judges at The Baking Association of Australia’s ‘Best Pie and Pastie in Australia Competition’ at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney this week.
“Words cannot express our excitement, thank you already to everyone for their support and good wishes. Cheers Jo and Tony.”
That was the news on Thursday, August 27 featuring nation-wide publicity for Australia’s best pie, by Country Cob Boronia also of Victoria for their Pepper Pie joined by JoJo’s Roasted Vegetable Pastie at the top of the bill – it capped off a huge week.
“We couldn’t go up to Sydney of course, but it was great to do it again. It confirms the consistency of our product which is great,” said Joanne, while taking a short breather over the weekend.
“We had to send up three examples of each piece, three of the Roasted Vegie Pastie and six pies; steak and caramelised onion, scallop pie, Thai red chicken curry, steak chilli and cheese, cauliflower pie and plain Wagyu beef pie. Actually all our beef pies are Waygu beef.”
After a big day of judging at The Baking Association of Australia’s ‘Best Pie and Pastie in Australia Competition on Wednesday, all of Jo Jo’s entries won gold or silver.
Jojo’s Roast Vegie Pastie was awarded a gold medal again, putting them in line for the top award, with their six pie entries (Plain, Onion, Chilli/Cheese, Scallop, Cauli/Cheese and Thai Chicken) all awarded Silver. They then had to wait for the overall winners to be announced on Friday.
“We’re ecstatic to win it two years in-a-row. It was great to be able to back it up.
And what better way to celebrate their success:
“Sharing ABC’S news tonight watching our Plain, Chilli/Cheese and Cauli/Cheese being cut open and sampled during the story by the young judge. Exciting to see, now we wait. Cheers Jo and Tony,” was how Joanne Krog and her partner Tony Goldie enjoyed the moment.
Jo Jo’s Gluten Free Goodies is a wholesale baker, making pies and pasties for restaurants, cafés and markets across South Gippsland, Bass Coast and other regions on the eastern fringe of Melbourne and this latest success can only enhance their reputation for excellence.
Even during the pandemic restrictions, their products are in demand.
“We’ve had to adapt. We can’t do some of the markets and some of our regular customers are out of action so we’ve set up a system of delivering to designated areas each week. We advertise that we are delivering in a specific area (like the Yarra Valley) and take orders. It’s been working well, not as busy as we usually are, but it shows there can be some positives in challenging times.
Joanne makes all her baked goods in a home-based food premises at Kernot, registered with the Bass Coast Shire, getting assistance from her partner Tony and Julieanne.
And once the present lockdown is over, they’ll be ready to build the business back up again.
Locally you can get their pies and pasties at Mad Cowes and The Store at Ventnor on Phillip. Upbeat Cafe in Wonthaggi and they do the Yarra Glen Market (first Saturday), Mornington Racecourse Market (second Sunday) and one or two others.
Among other locals to take out the awards were Kelly’s Bakery in Korumburra who claimed silvers in two categories for their entries in the plain mince pie category and flavoured pie category for their beef and reef.