For Immediate Release Brian Hernandez
U.S. Pizza Team Coordinator
U.S. Pizza Team Competes in Italy
Grimaldi’s Pizza to represent USA in the World Pizza Championships
PARMA, Italy — The U.S. Pizza Team (USPT) will be returning to Parma, Italy to compete in the 23rd annual World Pizza Championships April 7th-9th. The team will consist of 16 pizzaiolos from Indiana, Kentucky, California, West Virginia, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas and Massachusetts.
The World Pizza Championships bring hundreds of competitors from over 30 countries every year to the food valley of Italy to compete for the title of best in the world in 10 categories of competition.
USPT members will compete in a total of 32 events, including Traditional Pizza, Neapolitan Pizza, Gluten Free Pizza, Pan Pizza, Pizza for Two (one pizza made by a team of two pizzaiolos), Pizza on the Peel, Largest Dough Stretch, Fastest Pie Maker and Freestyle Dough Acrobatics. This by far the largest team assembled in recent history for the USPT.
Jamie Culliton of Grimaldi’s Pizza, found all over the country, will be joining the team in Parma again this year. Jamie won his spot on the roster and an all-expense paid trip in the USPT Acrobatic Trials at the North America Pizza and Ice Cream Show in Columbus, Ohio last February, placing first in Freestyle Acrobatics. Having been part of the 2011 USPT Team Acrobatics routine that brought home the gold, Jamie is determined to bring home some gold in the individual freestyle category this year. He will also be competing in the Classica (traditional) pizza category.
For 12 of the 16 USPT members, this will be the first time competing on this world stage. With the USPT having placed in the top ten in 3 categories the previous year, the pressure is on the newcomers to help propel the team over the top and bring home medals in as many events possible. New members competed in regional competitions across the country to earn their spot on the U.S. Pizza Team for a chance to represent our country in international competition.
The World Pizza Championships will be streamed live at uspizzateam.com or pmq.com/live, April 7th & 9th from 4am EST to 12pm EST.
The U.S. Pizza Team consists of expert pizza makers and dough-spinning acrobatic performers from pizza restaurants across the United States. The squad won the Team Acrobatics World Championship in Salsomaggiore, Italy, in 2011.
PMQ Pizza Magazine, the leading national trade publication for the pizza restaurant industry, created the U.S. Pizza Team in 2000. For more details about the USPT or the World Pizza Championships, visit https://uspizzateamdev.wpengine.com, worldpizzachampionship.com or contact Brian Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-234-5481, ext. 129.