Posts Tagged ‘italy’

13 Sep 2017

Pizza Challenge 2017 winner completes Pizza Course at Accademia Pizzaioli

Mr. Alexandru Andrei Matanie has successfully completed a Pizza Course at the Accademia Pizzaioli in Portogruaro, Italy. The course took place between Friday August 25th and Monday August 28th, 2017.

The course was intensive and predominantly practical. As the theoretical part, it started off with a detailed explanation of the basic mixture of a classic pizza (flour, water, yeast, oil, salt).

In the practical part, Alex along with other students had to prepare the dough both using the direct and the indirect method (biga and poolish). As a result, Alex achieved more knowledge and speed when using equipment like: kneading machines, workbenches, blades and ovens.


At the end of the training, a certificate was issued by the Accademia Pizzaioli which holds International Quality Certifications UNI EN ISO 9001: 2008 and UNI ISO 29990: 2011.

26 Oct 2016

Full day with Master Chef Antonino Esposito: 2nd prize overall Pizza Challenge winner – Mr. Nathaniel Palmier

Date: 06 October 2016
Place: Acqu’ e Sale, Sorrento, Italy

Mr. Nathaniel Palmier (left) was this year’s Pizza Challenge 2nd place overall winner. It was his pleasure to spend a day with Head Executive Chef Antonino Esposito, observing his tricks and skills while widening his own experience in the catering industry with particular focus on pizza. Mr. Duncan Cilia (right), Sales Manager at AppleCore Foods accompanied them on this trip.

Antonino (middle) explained in detail about flour techniques and machines used when making pizza dough professionally. They also discussed topics like temperature, kneading, dough rising, baking, and yeast. Antonino gave tips of how to achieve best results when using prepared pizza dough, resting time and the use of oil and water.

Mr. Palmier also had the chance to experience how the pizza business in Italy works. They visited a  pizza-making factory and learnt the difference between classic pizza and Neapolitan pizza which is baked using higher temperatures.