Pie Challenge 2017 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Pie Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at bakeries and restaurants around Vancouver, and Fort Langley,  Each establishment featured their creation on their menu from March 9-April 2, 2017. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge for their People’s Choice favourites.

Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Steph Wan, Art Factora and Joyce Lam

The Winners are:

1st Place:

Half Baked Cookie Co.

Island Time

Island Time (slice)

Island Time

Price: $26 whole / $5 slice

Created by: Chef Cheryl Low

Description: Passion fruit and Coconut pie in signature coconut shortbread crust.

Ingredients: Shortbread: Flour, butter, unsweetened coconut, sugar, salt.

Filling: Coconut Cream, passion fruit puree, condensed milk, cream cheese, eggs, cornstarch, salt, cream, icing sugar, milk powder.

Available: All the time

Half Baked Cookie Co.

1211 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver

Tel: 778-848-0105

Web:http://halfbakedcookiecompany.com/

Instagram: @halfbakedcookieco

Chef Cheryl Low

2nd Place:

Aphrodite’s Organic Pie Shop

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Price: $48 whole/ $9.25 per slice

Created by: the team

Description: Dark chocolate mousse, piled high on a layer of fresh organic bananas and topped with organic whipped cream and dark callebaut chocolate shavings.

Ingredients: Organic bananas, organic heavy cream, dark chocolate, organic eggs, organic corn starch, organic cane sugar, organic icing sugar, sea salt. Crust: Organic non-hydrogenated palm shortening, organic unbleached flour, organic eggs, sea salt.

Offered: All the time

Aphrodite’s Organic Pie Shop

3605 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel:604-738-5879

Web:http://www.organiccafe.ca/

Twitter @aphroditescafe

Instagram: @aphroditesorganiccafe

Peggy and her chefs team

3rd Place:

East Village Bakery

Salty Dog

Salty Dog Crostata

Salty Dog

Price: $18 whole/ $4.25 crostata

Created by: East Village Bakery team

Description: Salted Tequilla Apple with caramel

Ingredients: Apple, lemon zest, coarse sea salt, cane sugar, cornstarch, salt, nutmeg, butter, xan gum, eggs, milk, vanilla, tequilla, Rice flour, Sorghum flour, Tapioca starch, Potato starch

Available: all the time everyday (closed on Mondays) reservations recommended!

East Village Bakery

2166 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 568-5600

Web:http://www.eastvillagebakery.com/

Twitter: @EastVillageBake

Instagram: @eastvillagebakery

Pastry Chefs Team

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Pie Creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Half Baked Cookie Co.

Island Time

Island Time (slice)

Island Time

Price: $26 whole / $5 slice

Created by: Chef Cheryl Low

Description: Passion fruit and Coconut pie in signature coconut shortbread crust.

Ingredients: Shortbread: Flour, butter, unsweetened coconut, sugar, salt.

Filling: Coconut Cream, passion fruit puree, condensed milk, cream cheese, eggs, cornstarch, salt, cream, icing sugar, milk powder.

Available: All the time

Half Baked Cookie Co.

1211 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver

Tel: 778-848-0105

Web:http://halfbakedcookiecompany.com/

Instagram: @halfbakedcookieco

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Lime and Moon Pie Co.

Pretty in Pink Peppercorn

Pretty in Pink Peppercorn (slice)

Pretty in Pink Peppercorn

Price: $47 whole/ $9 slice

Created by: Francesca Canatta-Bowman

Description: Beautiful beety custard topped with lemon curd and crushed pink peppercorns hugging dollops of whipped cream in pink peppercorn pastry.

Ingredients: Beets, Sugar, Egg, Lemon juice, Butter, Tapioca starch, Cream, Flour, Pink peppercorns

Available: All the time

Lime and Moon Pie Co.

1066 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel:604) 889-6426

Web:http://limeandmoon.com/

Twitter @limeandmoon

Instagram: @limeandmoonpieco

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

Price: $​8 Small Pie,  $21 Large Pie​

Created by: Qasim Nathoo ​

Description: At Small Victory, we have wistful affection for the simple things​. Our pie is made with a flaky butter crust filled with loads of pecans and dark chocolate. ​

Ingredients: Pie Crust: Flour, Butter, sugar, salt. Filling: Pecans, bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, eggs, vanilla, salt

Offered: All day, everyday

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

1088 Homer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-899-8892​

Web: http://smallvictory.ca/

Twitter: @sv_bakery

Instagram: @sv_bakery

Thank you to all the chefs, bakeries and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured the Pie Challenge creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Pie creations! See all the Pie Challenge Entries Here.

By: Richard Wolak