Salsomaggiore, Italy — The U.S. Pizza Team will compete in the 2012 World Pizza Championship through Wednesday, in Salsomaggiore, Italy. The competition started Monday. Michael Amheiser of Pizza Dock in Fredericktown will vie for the international title.
The U.S. Pizza Team consists of expert pizza chefs and dough-spinning acrobatic performers from pizza restaurants across the United States. As the reigning 2011 Team Acrobatics World Champions, the American squad will return to Salsomaggiore, with its members competing in three culinary categories, Classic, Gluten-Free and Pan, as well as in the Freestyle Acrobatics and Dough-Stretching categories.
Team members are: David Smith, Pizza Palace Plus, Emporium, Pennsylvania (Classic); Jamie Culliton, Grimaldi’s, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (Classic and Freestyle Acrobatics); Mike Amheiser, Pizza Dock, Fredericktown, (Gluten-Free and Pan); Tom Carfrae, Tomaso’s, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Pan); Greg Spaulding, Puccini’s Smiling Teeth, Lexington, Kentucky (Classic and Pan); and Wilhelm Rodriguez, Papa’s Pizza, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (Freestyle Acrobatics and Dough-Stretching).
The event is aired live via streaming video at the team’s official website, uspizzateam.com, and at pizzatv.com. Recorded footage of the event will also be streamed at uspizzateam.com throughout each day of the three-day event.