American Pie Council National Pie Championships®

Be Part of the Fun

Since 1995, the American Pie Council® hosts the annual National Pie Championships® where amateur, professional and commercial pie bakers can compete in their categories for the best pies in the country.

The APC judging team has reviewed tens of 1000’s of pies and the competition continues to grow.

The event features hundreds of sweet and savory pies in more than 30 flavor categories.  Additionally, special categories showcase artisan pies, while others speak to today’s health considerations with no-sugar added and gluten-free categories.

Pies are evaluated several different ways:

  • First impressions/ pre slice score
  • Flavor
  • Mouthfeel; consistency, crust, aftertaste
  • Overall appeal
  • Creativity (only for best new product) 

2024 Winners

And the winners are in! We are excited to share the blue ribbon winners of the 2024 APC National Pie Championships that took place April 2024 in Orlando. Close to 600 pies were entered in numerous flavor categories, including four new sponsored flavors: Florida Beef Council, Karo Syrup, Mango Board and USA Pears.

More than 150 blue ribbons were awarded among these commercial and independent winners.

Want to try to recreate one of these winning master-pie-ces at home? Enjoy this year’s professional and amateur winning recipes, as well as others from previous years.

Professional and Amateur Bakers

Professional and amateur bakers exceeded expectations, competing in the four sponsored flavor categories. A first, second and third place was awarded in each division. For a list of winners, please click here.

Commercial and Independent Divisions

In the commercial and independent division, 18 bakeries rose to the top!

2024 Championships

Pie with fresh plums and raspberries

Enjoy photos from this year’s championships

Apple pie "charlotte"

Pies, pies and more pies from the 2024 APC National Pie Championship

Bakers From Near and Far

Commercial, professional chefs and amateur pie makers from the United States and Canada have been competing at the APC National Pie Championships® since 1995. The APC has created a standard of quality in pie making on all levels. We have a well-established record in the pie judging field for commercial, professional and amateur bakers alike. In past years, the APC judging team has reviewed almost 1000 pies each year and the competition continues to grow.

Volunteer with APC

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Join in the fun of the APC National Pie Championships® as a volunteer.

  • Register attendees.
  • Check in pies.
  • Manage judges as a table captain.
  • Or slice pies to judging perfection.
  • Assist with event set up or break down.
  • And several more positions!

Mix with the pie elite, all while being engulfed in the sweet scents of your favorite pastry.

We could not do this without you!  All volunteers receive an event t-shirt and a pie courtesy of our commercial entrants.

Volunteer Location
Embassy Suites Hilton Orlando South of Lake Buena Vista
4955 Kyngs Heath Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Become a Judge

Do you have a refined palate – especially for pie?

Because so many incredible pies require many qualified judges, we are able to offer a limited number of positions
to our pie-loving fans.  Credentialed and certified judges (including those from other food verticals),
chefs, cooking instructors and culinary students also are ideal to apply. 

To be a pie judge, you need to be:

  • Able to spend most of the day – through early afternoon.
  • Tech-savvy. Judging is done in real time, on an app accessible on your phone or tablet.

Interested? Apply now, as these are positions go fast!

NPC Sponsors

BEMA is an international, non-profit trade association representing leading bakery and food equipment manufacturers and suppliers, whose combined efforts in research and development have led to the continual improvement of the baking and food industries.

BoDeans Baking Group is a subsidiary of Joy Baking Group, an independent, 100% employee-owned business that pairs quality with exceptional customer service to manufacture the best ice cream-related products. BoDeans supplies many of the world’s top ice cream, novelty and bakery manufacturers with millions of pounds of wafers, crumbs and cones annually, as well provides state-of-the-art related packaging.

Commercial Baking

An emerging media player, Avant Food Media is 100 % committed to baking, providing compelling content via two signature products. Flagship publication Commercial Baking is the premier source of information for industry decision makers, while the all-digital platform Craft to Crumb celebrates trendsetters and boundary breakers in baking. Both signature products sift through the noise in bakery B2B media by offering content that focuses on quality without compromise.

Commercial Baking

Colborne Corporation is a world leader in designing and manufacturing standard and custom equipment for the baking and food processing industries. Colborne’s dedication to cutting-edge engineering, forward thinking design and state-of-the-art technology has produced a complete line of equipment for a full range of production needs.

Commercial Baking

D&W Fine Pack LLC, headquartered in Wood Dale, Illinois is a leader in food packaging and foodservice disposables, providing a broad range of single-use containers, tableware, cutlery, straws and meal kits. As a committed leader in sustainable developments, D&W promotes eco-friendly packaging using renewable resources.

Commercial Baking

The Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) is a statewide, non-profit organization devoted entirely and exclusively to promoting and protecting the ability of cattlemen members to produce and market their products. This is done through legislative lobbying, product promotion and nutritional education. The FCA is an industry-wide, grassroots organization whose policies and programs are directed by input from local industry leaders and county affiliates.

Commercial Baking

D&W Fine Pack LLC, headquartered in Wood Dale, Illinois is a leader in food packaging and foodservice disposables, providing a broad range of single-use containers, tableware, cutlery, straws and meal kits. As a committed leader in sustainable developments, D&W promotes eco-friendly packaging using renewable resources.

Commercial Baking

Holton Food Products is an ingredient manufacturer which provides high quality stabilizers and dry egg white products, as well as product and process development services to pie, cake and cookie companies.

Commercial Baking

i2r Packaging Solutions-North America is a vertically integrated foodservice packaging company based in Brampton, ON Canada. i2r NA specializes in the production of wrinklewall and smoothwall aluminum packaging for the bakery/ confection industry, and has production facilities across the globe in Canada, Italy, UK, and Turkey. i2r’s parent company Laminazione Sottile produces rolled aluminum, and i2r’s sister company, Italcoat, specializes in coating aluminum with performance or colored lacquers.

Commercial Baking

ACH Foodservice is committed to the needs and demands of the foodservice industry.  Chefs have depended on KARO® CORN SYRUP for more than 110 years.  In fact, chefs and bakers choose it because no other corn syrup performs like it. For any recipe that calls for corn starch—or as a wonderful thickener in place of flour—chefs have long depended on sister produce ARGO® CORN STARCH for its purity and consistent performance. 


The National Mango Board (NMB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the consumption, awareness, and industry sustainability of mangos in the United States. As a key player in the agricultural sector, the NMB collaborates with growers, importers, and retailers to ensure high-quality mangoes reach consumers. Through educational initiatives and marketing campaigns, the NMB strives to highlight the nutritional benefits and versatile uses of mangos.

Commercial Baking

MOI Foods, part of the Mewah Group, manufactures specialty oils and fats for the world market. MOI’s expertise in manufacturing tailor-made solutions for the ever-evolving needs of modern clients is showcased in exceptional products including specialty bakery and confectionery fats, specially formulated deep-frying oils and cocoa butter alternatives. Customers are assured that in buying MOI products, they are making an environmentally and socially responsible purchasing decision.

Commercial Baking

Raque Food Systems creates high quality food-packaging custom machines designed to fit your unique production needs because we know that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t really fit anybody. Since Glen Raque founded the company in Louisville in 1975, we have earned the trust of every client, taking on every challenge with an understanding that we have a responsibility to create a product that is dependable for decades.

Commercial Baking

Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a global, family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $5 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible.

Commercial Baking

Sosland Publishing is a business-to-business trade publishing company owned and managed by a family of editors and publishers focused on delivering indispensable content to the food industry. Long recognized as the baking industry’s most trusted source of news and information, Sosland produces many publications, including Baking & Snack, Milling & Baking and bake, dedicated to offering compelling coverage and news of the industry.

Commercial Baking
Stratas Foods LLC is dedicated to being the foremost provider of fats, oils, mayonnaise, dressings, and sauces in North America’s foodservice, food ingredients, and retail private-label sectors, achieved through fostering robust relationships, delivering exceptional quality and service, offering cutting-edge innovation and technology, and providing a comprehensive range of solutions tailored to their customers’ ever-changing requirements.
Commercial Baking

The Pear Bureau Northwest was established in 1931 as a non-profit marketing organization to promote and develop markets for fresh pears grown in Washington and Oregon. Combined, Washington and Oregon comprise the nation’s largest pear producing region, accounting for 92% of America’s fresh pear exports. The nearly 900 grower families and 50 packers and shippers represented take pride in their ability to produce top-quality fresh pears marketed under the USA Pears brand for the world market.

Valencia College

The only-degree granting culinary program in Orlando, Valencia School of Culinary Arts is ranked in the top 5% of schools for culinary arts majors in the country. Its location in Orlando, the hospitality capital of the world, gives students a leg up with seasoned, hands-on instructors and expansive job opportunity. Valencia College is recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation offering the same education as a state university, only at about half the cost.