ANN ARBOR, Mich. — At Domino's World's Fastest Pizza Maker competition, 15 finalists from around the world competed June 9.
Dennis Tran, a Domino's regional director from Gaithersburg, Md., won the event. He made three one-topping large pizzas in 55 seconds. According to a news release, Tran won a $10,000 cash prize ($5,000 from Domino's Pizza and $5,000 from his franchisee), a trophy and the coveted title.
"Anything other than first was not an option and I proved it today," said Dennis Tran, World's Fastest Pizza Maker. "Winning means the world to me."
The finalists represented Domino's Pizza stores from around the world, from as far away as India. They had to hand-stretch fresh dough, sauce and top three large pizzas — one pepperoni, one mushroom and one cheese — in the fastest time. While speed was important, it was only part of the recipe.
Quality was scrutinized as two judges highly qualified in Domino's Pizza 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, it was returned to the competitor who remade the entire pizza, while still being timed.
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. Regional competitions, held across the world, determined the finalists.
Runners up included Mustafa Habib from California who took second place with a time of 55.6 seconds and Pali Grewal from England who took third place with a time of 1 minute.