*This is a collaborative post.*
It’s no secret that we love PizzaExpress. It was the first ever restaurant where Jumpy could eat an allergy-friendly three-course meal. We’ve never been disappointed by their children’s menu as it caters for allergies and always makes my children feel like grown ups with their three courses and bambinoccinos. When PizzaExpress asked us to help promote their competition for children to create a brand new pizza for the Piccolo menu, we didn’t think twice about it. The winner’s pizza creation will appear on the menu in all 470 pizzerias across the UK. How cool is that?
The competition is really easy to enter. All you need to do is go to this page on the PizzaExpress website. Choose four ingredients from a selection of 20 and give your pizza a name. Amongst the ingredients, the classics are there, like mozzarella, passata and ham, but there are also bolder choices like spicy (but oh so delicious!) ‘Nduja sausage, béchamel sauce, anchovies or pestorissa.
The winning pizza will be made in every PizzaExpress restaurant, using only the finest quality ingredients. Just make sure your pizza’s name stands out from the crowd, is eye-catching and reflects the essence of your pizza.
The pizza competition runs until 17th June (inclusive) and is open to children under 13 years old. To enter and to view the terms and conditions, click here. Ten semi-finalists will then be selected from across the country and then one final winner will be chosen by a panel of experts, including the Food & Beverage Director at PizzaExpress, Jane Treasure.
To give them a flavour of the pizza creation process, my budding pizzaiolos were invited to PizzaExpress last week for a pizza making session, and they are keen to tell you exactly how those yummy pizzas on the Piccolo menu are made.
The complete step-by-step approach got my children really excited about making their own pizzas and they also learnt a thing or two along the way.
As soon as we got in, the children were donned with aprons, given their cooks’ hats and sent to wash their hands.
When they got back, they were given a ball of dough each so they could experiment with it.
They learnt how to stretch the dough, make sure it wasn’t too floury and even flipped the dough to stretch it just that little bit more.
After transferring their base to a pan and pushing the dough along the sides to create a crust, they each got a ladle of passata in the centre of their base. With the back of their spoon, they then spread the sauce right up to the sides.
The best bit was next! The chefs took out a wide range of toppings for the children to add to their pizzas. My budding pizzaiolos had the time of their lives creating their own pizzas and eating them afterwards.
What’s your favourite pizza topping?
Disclosure: The blog post is sponsored by PizzaExpress and we were invited to the pizza making event above for the purpose of this blog post but all opinions are my own.