Over its fifteen years entering competitions Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes have won over 400 meals. This winning streak began with Geoff and Susie Chalker when they took over the bakery and continues with their two daughters and sons-in-law, Stacey and Todd Lincoln and Kristy and Nathan Williams. Stacey looks after the finances, Todd is a general handyman and driver while
Kristy, a pastry chef, manages the bakery and her husband Nathan is overall general manager.
The business has grown over the years and Rolling Pin now has four shops – two in Ocean Grove, one in Leopold and one in Queenscliff. The Chalker’s retired earlier this year and the young guns are carrying on the tradition of providing great cakes, pastries and gold winning pies.
Fourteen Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze, Best Pie made from scratch by apprentice Caitlin Houstin (a new category), and Runner Up for Best Plain Pie in the country, an award greatly coveted by all bakeries.
Nathan drove to Sydney with his pies soundly secured in polystyrene boxes to prevent them being damaged while flying. “We’ve frozen them in the past but we’ve discovered that fresh is best for flavour and texture,” said Nathan which is the proof in the pudding going by their gold medal wins.
“Rolling Pin has great staff in the bakery and it’s a buzz when we get it right,” said Nathan. “It’s a pleasure to hear customers say our staff are efficient and courteous. So it’s a team effort beginning with management, our bakers and staff – a winning combination.”