Two years after our first and unsuccessful attempt at winning a pizza competition, GoreMade Pizza is making its second attempt at taking home the gold at the NAPICS Pizza Pizzazz competition.
As documented from the last time I entered this competition in 2012, I was new to the game. I had never sold a pizza and recently purchased a mobile wood fired oven with the hopes of winning some cash to set up my new mobile business. I was up against seventy-something other Pros from around the country who had been making their submissions as regular menu items for a long time, where as I had to make a menu to enter the competition (regular menu items are the only pizzas allowed to be made for the competition). I had to decide my pizza submission within minutes of signing up, which was not wholly ideal.
This time around, I’ve got several years of pizza notes to sift through and a lot of crowd response to boot. I’m entering both the Gourmet and Traditional categories to better my odds of success. Picking the pizzas to enter was still a difficult task.
Another difficulty is that I’ve honed in my pizza making with respect to a high heat environment, from dough recipe to cheese selection. Having to switch from a 900º wood fired oven to a deck oven that will be hundreds of degrees cooler can change things drastically.
My wife is away with our two children the week leading up to the competition, so I’ll be spending a lot of time experimenting with a pizza stone in my home oven. I’ve got to test out some new cheeses and get my pizzas to perfection in a little over a week. Looks like I’ll be eating pizza a lot while they're away! I can think of worse situations to be in.
More as the story unfolds! In the mean time, wish me luck!
Nick Gore was a corporate peon by day who just made the leap to full time pizza geek. Follow his path to world class Pizzaiolo right here on the GoreMade Pizza blog. Also, check out the facebook page.