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Red Beach Jesters fan takes out pie competition

Posted at 11:06am Tuesday 06 Aug, 2019

Before it closed two months ago, Jesters Silverdale branch was Brooke Hannah's happy place.

She went there often to chill out and have a hearty sirloin pie with friends after a day's horse riding. So, when the company ran its first online competition to Create Your Own Jesters Pie, Brooke was in.

The 23-year-old Red Beach resident based her recipe on a combination she says is very popular in America. Her Philly Cheese Steak pie includes steak, cream cheese, cheese, capsicum and caramelised onions.

Jesters loved it and placed it in the top three out of at least 100 submissions.

The final winner was selected by votes on social media and announced last month.

NZ franchise manager Mike Connell says Brooke's recipe and a vegan ‘Pulled Pork' pie were very close. As the winner, Brooke will receive $1000 and her pie will become a regular menu item.

Mike says several test batches will be made, and the pie should be ready for the public to try in November. It will be called Brooke's Philly Cheese Steak Pie and she and her friends will be invited to try it before anyone else does.

“I made it as sandwiches at home,” Brooke says. “I'm super excited to try it as a pie – I know it's going to be delicious. It's the first time I've won anything, and I'd really like to thank people on the Hibiscus Coast facebook page who got behind me.”

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