Americans are getting schooled in the ways of the Australian meat pie, and they’re not quite sure what to make of them. To celebrate one of their star players, Melbourne-born Ben Simmons, the Philadelphia 76ers have announced a deal to sell good ol’ Four’N Twenty pies at their home stadium.
Now, Americans love a good pie, but they’re generally talking sweet and fruity, like the classic pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, cherry pie (who could forget this gem of a tune from Warrant?), tangy key lime pie, and deep-dish apple pie as big as your head.
So, when confronted with our savoury meat and gravy version, they haven’t quite known how to tackle it. Instead of tucking in with two hands and a healthy squirt of tomato sauce, American sports commentator Darren Rovell has been roasted for this video, which shows him cutting the pie into quarters with a knife and fork.
It didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter, with Australians quickly jumping in to correct this pie-eating faux pas, including the Queensland police:
After being harangued on Twitter, Fox Sports and all 22 million Aussies, it would seem, Rovell issued this apology:
I have been destroyed all day for how I apparently tested out the Australian meat pie being offered at 76ers games. Now that the police are involved, I would like to extend my sincere apologies. https://t.co/HNa24A5YGc— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 20, 2017
Here’s hoping they stock up on squeezy sauce packets for the upcoming games.
Melbourne-based food and wine writer Sarah Gamboni has had to pull back on a few of her favourite things – chilli, gin and espresso – since bringing her daughter, Frankie, into the world. But she has discovered one post-natal perk: those stretchy-waist maternity jeans are heaven when heading out for a big meal. Follow her on Instagram @eatmywords_au