This April, Linda Lewis Kitchens (LLK), attended the annual World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy, represented by its development chef, Fabio Aurelio.
The supplier’s pizza oven and equipment manufacturer, Cuppone, was one of the main sponsors of this event.
Every year since 1991, The World Pizza Championships (also known as ‘Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza’) has attracted independent pizzerias from all over the globe. This year, 770 pizza chefs from 42 different nations put their skills on show to try and assert their status as champions in the world of pizza.
This competition had many categories for its contestants to compete in, including ‘Individual Free Style’, ‘Gluten Free Pizza’ and ‘Largest Pizza’. Cuppone provided its Giotto and Michelangelo electric pizza ovens for the competitors to showcase their skills in the ‘Classic Pizza’ category. The top scores were close but Riccardo La Rosa and his burrata, datterino cherry tomato and mortar pesto-topped pizza ranked first. This pizzaiolo also won the Parmigiano Reggiano award and the Triathlon award.
LLK believes the Cuppone Michelangelo and Giotto ovens’ controllability enabled the competitors to produce a result that reflected their true pizza-making potential and the appliances’ heavy-duty performance meant they were able to produce hundreds of suitably-cooked pizzas in a day.
Attending events related to the catering industry is an opportunity for LLK to uncover new and emerging food trends, update its industry knowledge. For example, Aurelio noticed the rise of the pizza in the pan, or pizza in teglia, and the current emphasis on chefs using fresh, local ingredients that are specific to their home country.
He said: “The World Pizza Championships is a fantastic event because it brings together pizza chefs and chefs from all around the world to evolve the world of pizza and the art of pizza making itself. It is more than a competition; I see this event as a way that chefs can improve themselves through others.”