reach last year. The U.S. Pizza Team International won 2nd
place at the Italian Ultimate Pizza Championship, held May
14 to 16 in Fiumicino, Italy.
Additionally, the PMQ Chinese Pizza Championship took
place November 14 to 16 at the FHC China event in Shanghai. Out of 16 culinary competitors, Jinfei Zhou emerged as
the winner and, under the sponsorship of Le 5 Stagione, will
accompany the U.S. Pizza Team to Italy and represent China
in the WPC.
Meanwhile, the USPT’s pizzathletes remain focused on the
big WPC prize. “It will take a solid team performance to bring
back the gold in Italy—a core group of pizza spinners with
the camaraderie to work together from across the country and
create and perfect a routine with very little face-to-face time,”
Hernandez says. “It will take some strong leadership from
Jamie Culliton as the acrobatics coach to smooth out the rough
edges of the routine as well as coordinate practices. It will also
take some really great culinary creations for the team to be
competitive in the pizza making contests. It’s not easy to win
Even so, Green is optimistic. “This team is composed of the
most creative and talented pizza makers and athletes in the
country, all brought together by their love of pizza,” she notes.
Culliton agrees. “I love competing on the team because it
gives me the opportunity to meet and work with the best pizza
Bradley Corbin took first place in the American Pizza Championship’s
culinary competition held at NYPD Pizza in Orlando in September.
guys and gals in the country,” he says. “I love traveling to Italy
and learning from the masters from around the world. Whether it’s new recipe ideas or tricks from my acrobatic routines,
it’s a great way to experience the industry and better myself as