Food Network Challenge

Hosted by Claire Robinson

Challenge: Pizza Battle

Pizza Challenge: five teams meet at the Great Big Food Show in Cleveland to show off their tastiest pies and throw some dough.


JUDGES:
Chef Mario Batali
Big Dave Ostrander
Ed Levine


COMPETITORS:
Team California: Chef Ted Rowe, Tony Gemignani
Team New York: Chef Francesco Ilardi (ILARDI), Joe Calucci
Team Chicago: Chef Marc Stolfe, Chris Green
Team Ohio: Chef Sean Brauser, Michael Shepherd
Team South: Chef Santo Bruno, Silar Chapman


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Team South chef Santo Bruno works on his "Friday" pizza, which is topped with tuna, along with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.


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Michael Shepherd, acrobat for Team Ohio, shows his award-winning moves to an enthusiastic hometown crowd.


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The man to beat, Tony Gemignani from Team California, shows the form that won him five past world tossing championships.


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The dough used for competitive tossing is real pizza dough, made with high gluten and high protein flour. Competitors sometimes practice with rubber dough forms.


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New York pizza chef Francesco Ilardi presents his "humble" pie to the judges. He finishes his "Holiday" pizza with tri-color pasta.


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Celebrity judges, including Mario Batali, rate the pizzas on three criteria: the bake, the presentation, and the taste.

(Episode: ACSP05)

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