THEY’VE done it again, and then some.
Tatura Hot Bread have won their third Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph title taking out the competition’s top prize at Ouyen earlier this month.
“It was such a shock because during the judging we saw our slice put to the side by the judges and three others put onto a table. We thought we were out of the winners for sure.
“It turned out that they were re-judging second, third and fourth spot. Ours had been put aside as the winner.”
Tatura Hot Bread also won the competition that was this year in its final year at Ouyen in 2006 and 2007.
The competition was started by former Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett 14 years ago after he visited the Mallee town where he says he tasted the best-ever vanilla slice.
The Australian Best Vanilla Slice competition may continue in another Victorian town next year. This year in Ouyen 200 entries in three categories were entered by bakeries across Australia.
Less than a week later, owners of the popular bakery, Glenda and Jeff Alexander learned that the six pies they had entered in this year’s Great Aussie Pie Show competition in Sydney against more than 800 entries had won two gold, three silver and one bronze medal.
“We’re talking about very good pie makers; some of the best in the county,” Great Aussie Pie Show Competition Organiser, John Ross last week told The Adviser.
“You are very lucky to have such a bakery in your area.”
The pie prizes topped off what had been a surprising and emotional vanilla slice victory.
“Jeff’s father’s health isn’t very good,” Glenda explained.
“All he wanted to do was to win another prize for his dad, he’s just so proud of him.