The Aussie making it big selling pies in Prague
YOU can take the boy out of Australia, but you can't take the meat-pie-loving Aussie out of Ashley McGlynn.
The 39-year-old expat from Sydney is running a pie-led revolution in his new hometown, the Czech Republic capital, Prague.
Mr McGlynn met his Czech-born wife Katka in Sydney in 2002 - they even lived across the road from Harry's Café de Wheels in Woolloomooloo - but when he moved to Prague in 2010 to marry his sweetheart, a pie-shaped hole grew in his heart.
"Dad came over in 2012 and he was urging me to start some kind of business. We went out to think of something and just got drunk to be honest, then at about 1am Dad said 'God, I'd love a pie right now' and I was like, 'Dad, there's no pies in Prague'. I pulled out my phone and did a search and there were only sweet pies," the former journalist said. he said.
"And cooking has always been close to my heart, my first ever job was in a kitchen when I was 15."
It was a light bulb moment because Czechs had not experienced the mushy, rich goodness of a good old dog's eye of savoury mince and gravy encased in light, puffy pastry.
He thought "if I bake it, they will come" and the bet is starting to pay off.
Mr McGlynn and his wife started baking and distributing pies in November 2013 and now there are 14 outlets in Prague selling their wares.
He will open a shopfront in what is known as the new town area - its only been there since the 14th century - in April.
"I've just sent 50 portions of mash and gravy, 40 portions of mash and 40 portions of peas out the door this morning," the father of one said.
Things can get lost in translation in a foreign country, and wife Katka warned that her compatriots were easily confused, so not to beat around the bush he called the venture the bleeding obvious - The Pie Shop.
"We didn't want people to get confused. The word pie doesn't exist in the Czech language, but my wife was adamant it had to be as simple as possible," he said.
"We've written a letter, an application to authorities for the word pie to be put into the Czech vocabulary because the word doesn't exist here, they call them kalar, which means wheel.
"We are now four years old, and our biggest problem is convincing a Czech to try a pie because they are very conservative when it comes to eating and drinking, but it has really started to take off and we have been approached by so many more businesses to take the product.
"The first pie was The Sydney, it was steak and black beer, but the bestseller is The Canberra - a beef mince with cheese and bacon, and a chicken and mushroom pie.
"Also popular is the big breakfast pie with scrambled egg, pork sausage, crispy bacon and a hash brown top, it's the ultimate hangover food. Wash it down with a Berocca and you're back on track."