Quality ingredients and consistent cooking are what Matt Aylett believes goes into making a good meat pie.
And judging by the number of awards his country bakehouse has collected, he is doing something right.
Mr Aylett has owned North End Bakehouse for nearly four years and it recently won The News’ competition to find the best meat pie in the Goulburn Valley, as voted by our readers.
Mr Aylett’s passion for baking began when he was 16 and since then he has cemented his place in the industry.
‘‘We have been fortunate enough to win a number of awards over the years,’’ he said.
‘‘I like friendly competition and seeing how we go against other bakeries.’’
North End Bakehouse has 11 different pies on the menu, ranging from a classic meat pie to a bushman pie.
When asked what went into making an award-winning pie, Mr Aylett said the answer was rather simple.
‘‘Quality ingredients and taking care to ensure everything is consistent,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re currently making around 1000 pies a week, so we have to ensure they’re all similar.’’
Mr Aylett and his staff work into the night baking for their shopfront, as well as for the wholesale business.
‘‘We supply to shops and schools all over town with our pies, bread, cakes and slices,’’ he said.
When asked what was in store for the future, Mr Aylett said he and his team hoped to keep growing and continue to be recognised for their products.
‘‘It’s great to be recognised for things like this, it brings more people in,’’ he said.
‘‘Thanks to the community for voting — and come in and give our pies a try.’’
Pop in and try the selection of pies on offer from 6am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
North End Bakehouse is at 2 Grant Crt, Shepparton.