Published on August 26th, 2015 | by Aaron Harris0
U.S. Pizza Team Competes in Italy Puccini’s Smiling Teeth
For Immediate Release Brian Hernandez
U.S. Pizza Team Coordinator
U.S. Pizza Team Competes in Italy
Mellow Mushroom 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.
Bradley Johnson of Mellow Mushroom in Chattanooga, Tennessee will be joining the team in Parma for the second year in a row. Bradley won his spot on the roster and an all-expense paid trip in the USPT Acrobatic Trials in Las Vegas last October, placing first in Freestyle Acrobatics. Having been placed 4th in the world in last year’s World Pizza Championships in the freestyle category, Bradley is determined to bring home that gold. He will also be competing in the Classica (traditional) pizza category and largest dough stretch. Samantha Jones, owner of Mellow Mushroom in Chattanooga says “We couldn’t be prouder of Bradley. We know he has what it takes to win this competition and will represent our country and store with honor.”
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 http://www.USPizzaTeam.com, worldpizzachampionship.com or contact Brian Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-234-5481, ext. 129.