Four Award-Winning Pies We Can't Wait to Taste

November 13, 2017

Tonight, Gramercy Tavern will host its fifth Annual Thanksgiving Pie Contest. The event is sure to be sweet and we’re lucky enough to be invited—Merrill Stubbs will lend her palate to the cause by judging the event. She's joining an impressive judging table: Gramercy Tavern Executive Chef Mike Anthony, Gramercy Tavern Pastry Chef Miro Uskokovic, founders of Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie shop Emily and Melissa Elsen, baking expert Rose Levy Beranbaum, and baking cookbook author Nick Malgieri. The contest highlights the restaurants' pastry chefs and gives them a chance to flex creative muscles, share recipes, and pass around tips and tricks.

In anticipation of the event, we’ve gathered some competition highlights from past years. Try one out at your Thanksgiving table—they're projects, but most definitely worth it.

Feeling pie fever?

Me too, after all this pie talk. Dive into some of our site's best recipes. We've got something for every type of baker:

What's your favorite pie to bake? Any contest-winners? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jennifer G. November 19, 2017
I've been making Sweet Potato pies since high school. I find they are far more flavorful than any pumpkin pie. Even people who don't like sweet potatoes can't get enough of them!
TL November 19, 2017
My favorite is a vinegar chess pie that have been making the last couple of holidays. (You cant taste any vinegar!). No awards but the appreciation of my family!
garlic&lemon November 15, 2017
I made this Lemon Chess Pie @ Thanksgiving 4 years ago: https://food52.com/recipes/24908-lemon-chess-pie
It was such a hit that there have been "demands" (strong urging) for it every year since. It really is the bomb.
BerryBaby November 14, 2017
The first (and only time) I entered a food competition was with my Strawberry orange pie. It had a beautiful lattice top. Shockingly, I won! It's a summertime favorite.