Everyone has dreams. But none are so laudable as one chef's attempt to make the world's 'Longest Pizza'.
The previous record-setting pizza measure just over 1.15 miles and was set last year in Naples, Italy by 250 chefs. But Fash Asvadi, founder of pizzaovens.com, decided he wanted to bring the title back to the United States.
Sponsors and chefs signed up in droves to help provide the truckloads of flour, cheese and sauce that would be needed for the 10,500 square feet of pizza. Asvadi told Vice.com that the toughest part was finding a place where they could
"We want to extend the record by 1,000 feet. Really, the most difficult part about all this has been finding a suitable site, because you obviously can't have the pizza taking sharp bends. Finally, we found a racetrack that has a two-mile track without sharp bends, so we can pull off what we need to there."
But finding a place to lay out their pizza pie wasn't the only challenge Asvadi faced on his road to the world record. Health code regulations in San Bernardino require that food cannot sit out at room temperature for longer than four hours. That means the record-breakers were in a race against time to sauce, cheese and cook nearly 7000 feet of dough. They only had two hours for the oven to cook the completed pie.
Using more than 8,000 lbs of dough, 5,600 lbs of sauce and 3,600 lbs of cheese, the full weight of the 7,000' pizza came in at a massive 17,200 lbs.
The blazing hot 'Mega-Oven' moved down the line fast, cooking the mega-pizza at 700 degrees, and after a few hectic hours of pizza-making goodness, they had a new world-record.
WE DID IT!
WE BROKE THE LONGEST PIZZA RECORD ON JUNE 10TH, 2017 AT THE AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY IN FONTANA, CALIFORNIA.
TOP NAMES IN THE PIZZA INDUSTRY LEAD THE TEAMS IN CHARGE OF PUTTING THIS MAMMOTH PROJECT TOGETHER.
THE PROJECT WAS SPONSORED BY THE GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS AND SUPPORTERS ACKNOWLEDGED BELOW.
OFFICIALS FROM GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS WERE PRESENT TO OFFICIALLY JUDGE AND GRANT THE RECORD ATTEMPT.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
PROCEEDS AND PRODUCT WERE DONATED TO THE LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTERS.
There was plenty of pizza pie to feed all the people who volunteered to help and spectators who wanted to watch the record be broken, with the rest of the leftovers being donated to homeless shelters in the area.
As to why Asvadi wanted to break the record?
“Breaking records is a big part of anyone's spiritual journey” commented Fash Asvadi, director at PizzaOvens.com & Italforni USA Ovens. “Facing challenges and pushing the envelope makes us better beings. With all the fun involved with a project like this and the fact that in this process we are sharing something with others less fortunate, it is not a surprise that the attempt has been received with true enthusiasm at every level.”