Tigers premiership player Jack Riewoldt has cooked up a partnership with his beloved pies – but it’s not the footy scandal you think it is.
Rather than defecting to a rival team, the Richmond player has created the ultimate fan-favourite grandstand meal: a cheeseburger-flavoured meat pie.
The footy player is set to kick culinary goals as part of his partnership with National Pies, developing the new flavour using inspiration from his childhood.
Riewoldt says creating a pie flavour with the iconic brand from his home state of Tassie, has been a career highlight off-field.
“When National Pies offered me the opportunity to help create a new pie flavour, I was instantly on board,” said Riewoldt.
“I mean, this is the Australian dream for the tastebuds. When I was a kid, cheeseburgers and meat pies were my two favourite family dinners, so the chance to combine them into one epic pie is a dream come true.
“I can’t recommend this combination enough. It combines all of the best bits of both and is delicious.”
To create an authentic cheeseburger flavour, the Cheeseburger National Pie includes 100 per cent grass-fed Aussie beef mince, topped with cheese, a dash of tomato sauce, mustard and diced pickles.
It’s all wrapped up in 128 layers of crispy, puff pastry made from freshly milled Tasmanian flour. According to Riewoldt, the butchers and bakers at National Pies have warmly welcomed him into the business.
“As an ambassador, you often don’t get the chance to truly become part of the team,” Riewoldt added.
“But the National Pies guys have made me feel right at home – whether it was getting involved in the bakery or joining the innovations team to give my thoughts on the new flavour.”
Riewoldt’s cheeseburger pie launched exclusively in Bunnings cafes nationally (excluding South Australia) on April 4, for a limited time only.
National Pies CEO Geraldine Tebbutt says Jack’s collaboration on the new flavour was only fitting.
“We’re still so excited to have Jack on board because, like us, Jack is a proud Tasmanian who is now playing on a national stage.” said Tebbutt.
“His core values align perfectly with our values as a business, and we’re thrilled to be launching his Cheeseburger National Pie, which is absolutely delicious.
“It’s also exciting to be launching the new flavour at Bunnings, who have been stocking National Pies in their cafes since 2020.”
A Tasmanian icon, National Pies have been baked fresh daily in Hobart since 1942 and remain a family run business. In recent years, the business has expanded nationally, with ‘mainlanders’ across the country now able to enjoy a taste of Tassie.
National Pies can be found in Woolworths stores across Victoria and Queensland, and nationally at Costco and Bunnings Café (with the exception of South Australia).
For more information on products from the National Pies range, visit tasmanianbakeries.com.au.