Angel Roldan of the Garland, Texas, CiCi's Pizza restaurant on North Jupiter Road, has been named the winner of CiCi's third annual Pizza Throwdown event. Roldan baked a full buffet of pizzas, desserts and garlic parmesan knots in 24 minutes and 9 seconds to earn the national title. He also wins $2,500 in cash, a home entertainment center and the Crystal Pizza Cutter trophy.
The company will further honor him by putting his name on a distribution truck that will travel more than 100,000 miles in 2013 to deliver supplies to CiCi's Pizza restaurants throughout the country.
Only 21 seconds separated the top three places. Other results include:
The pizza artisans have competed in local and regional events that began in October with a starting field of more than 200 competitors.
"Our annual Throwdown inspires pizza artisans at all of our restaurants to perfect their skills throughout the year, and we hope they will start training now for next year," said Chris Patterson, CiCi's Pizza director of People Development.
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