Celebrity chefs face off

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Celebrity chefs (from left) mayor Neil Brown, Pup Chamberlain, Bernard Egan and Susan Spencer...
Celebrity chefs (from left) mayor Neil Brown, Pup Chamberlain, Bernard Egan and Susan Spencer united for a good cause in a pie bake-off.
A pumpkin pie baked by local celebrity Bernard Egan fetched top price at the St Andrew’s church fair at the weekend.

Bernard’s dessert pie sold for $31 at an auction that followed a bake-off that also included Ashburton mayor Neil Brown, health promoter Pup Chamberlain and performer Susan Spencer.

The four shared a small kitchen at the Sinclair Centre, where the church fair was held, rolling out pastry and filling pie dishes with favourite fillings before popping them into the oven.

The mayor created a bacon and egg pie, as did Susan and Pup, though in the end there were six pies for auctioneer Jarrod Ross to sell. Bernard had enough ingredients to make two pies, while Pup bought a pie on the way to the fair in case his was a flop.

Fair organiser Maureen Maginness said the banter between chefs in the kitchen was hilarious and helped make the event a huge success. Several thousand dollars was raised for the church.

She said members of the parish and local businesses had donated items for raffle prizes, which were popular among the many stalls that spread out in the hall.

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