Pizza makers from around the world competed for coveted title
Las Vegas, NV (RestaurantNews.com) Domino’s Pizza Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world, awarded the 2022 World’s Fastest Pizza Maker title to Zagros Jaff among nearly 8,000 cheering spectators at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas on May 10. Jaff, a regional manager in Hampshire, England, made three large pizzas in an impressive 70 seconds – that’s equal to making each pizza in roughly 23 seconds! Jaff won $3,000 in prize money, a trophy, a championship belt and the coveted title of World’s Fastest Pizza Maker, presented by Domino’s Chief Executive Officer Russell Weiner.
“I am so excited to have won the World’s Fastest Pizza Maker Competition,” said Jaff. “I have been training for this for 12 years. This competition means everything to me. Making pizzas fast and efficiently is the heart of Domino’s business – it’s what I do every single day. I want to be the best and I love the rivalry. It makes me work harder.”
World’s Fastest Pizza Maker finalists came from Domino’s stores all around the world to compete. They had to hand-stretch fresh dough, as well as sauce and place toppings on three large pizzas – one pepperoni, one mushroom and one cheese – as quickly as possible. While speed was important, it was not the only part of the equation in determining the World’s Fastest Pizza Maker. This year, participants were graded on three criteria: dough/sauce, portioning of toppings and placement. Quality was scrutinized as two judges, who are highly qualified in Domino’s standard pizza-making practices, inspected the stretching of the dough, application of the sauce and portioning of toppings during the competition. If the pizza was not perfect, the judges added time penalties to the competitor’s time or the pizza was disqualified.
Domino’s began the World’s Fastest Pizza Maker competition in 1982 to honor pizza makers who best exemplify the company’s philosophy of keeping efficiency in the store to allow sufficient time for safe, timely pizza delivery.
“We couldn’t be happier to crown Jaff as Domino’s 2022 World’s Fastest Pizza Maker,” said Weiner. “Domino’s and its franchise owners employ some of the greatest pizza makers in the world. Our emphasis is on the quality of the pizza, while also using our expertise to get them made quickly. We are known as the ‘delivery experts’ and our goal for everyone in a Domino’s store is to get hot, great-tasting pizzas to customers’ doors safely and efficiently. The World’s Fastest Pizza Maker Competition recognizes the champions who take pizza-making to an entirely different level. This level of speed is absolutely unbelievable!”
Jaff started working for Domino’s as a pizza maker in 2007. He currently works for franchise owner Wayne Benson.
About Domino’s Pizza®
Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is the largest pizza company in the world, with a significant business in both delivery and carryout pizza. It ranks among the world’s top public restaurant brands with a global enterprise of more than 19,000 stores in over 90 markets. Domino’s had global retail sales of nearly $17.8 billion in 2021, with over $8.6 billion in the U.S. and over $9.1 billion internationally. In the first quarter of 2022, Domino’s had global retail sales of over $4.0 billion, with over $1.9 billion in the U.S. and nearly $2.1 billion internationally. Its system is comprised of independent franchise owners who accounted for 98% of Domino’s stores as of the end of the first quarter in 2022. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino’s achieve more than half of all global retail sales in 2021 from digital channels. In the U.S., Domino’s generated more than 75% of U.S. retail sales in 2021 via digital channels and has developed several innovative ordering platforms, including those for Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo, Twitter and more. In 2019, Domino’s announced a partnership with Nuro to further its exploration and testing of autonomous pizza delivery. In mid-2020, Domino’s launched a new way to order contactless carryout nationwide – via Domino’s Carside Delivery®, which customers can choose when placing a prepaid online order.