Friday, July 9, 2010

Local pizza owner finalist for World's Fastest Pizza Maker contest

Did you know there was a contest for the world's fastest pizza maker? And that Rene DeGuia, owner of a Sarasota Domino's Pizza, will be competing in the next one? DeGuia is a finalist in Domino's 2010 World's Fastest Pizza Maker Competition, which will be held July 21-22 at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

DeGuia, who gets an all-expenses paid trip to the event, will try to beat the world record in pizza making: 46.4 seconds.

Contestants will be judged on how fast they can make one large cheese pizza and two large one-topping pizzas. First prize is $3,000. Second prize is $1,000 and the third and fourth prize are $500 each.

DeGuia, whose been with Domino's for 21 years, is a great contender. He's won the competition in 2000 and 2005. This will be his 12th time in the finals. The contest has been active for 28 years.

“Speed is so important in our industry,” said DeGuia. “Domino’s has the fastest pizza makers in the world. To prepare, I have been doing some daily speed drills. I also put more focus on the very first time of the day as you only get one chance to be fast and high quality.”
In other news, be sure to get your free Slurpee this Sunday at 7-Eleven in celebration of the store chain's 83rd birthday.
- January Holmes

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