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Kids Really do Make the Best Pizzas!


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In my almost forty years in restaurants, I’ve never had as much fun as being sous chef to a bunch of kids. This summer, I teamed up with Jan and Kip, the managers of the Athens Farmers Market to show these youngsters how to make pizza in a high-heat oven. They amazed me at their culinary prowess and insight to make their best pizza creations- (In fact the only one who dropped their pizza ((twice)) was me.)

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Game Changer: Nothing compliments pepperoni more than…meatballs!

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and nothing brings a smile to a kids face more than tossing a dough.

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Here’s a beautiful pizza in a non-traditional form just the way it was meant to be made!

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From forming the crust…

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to loading the oven fast and confidently…

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…these great pizza makers really brought their “A” game.

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That’s right, check this great pie out!

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But more than the pizza, nothing beats the look of a kid who knows they just made a killer pizza!

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So adieu until next summer my excellent pizza chefs, keep firing up those delicious pizzas!

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A special thanks to Kip and Jan, some real special people who run the Athens Farmers Market and to Torrey and Dane, you guys rock!

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Can you believe a kid made this pie? Newsflash to all you so-called “pizza aficionado’s”, get ready, this younger generation is gonna drop a pizza bomb on you someday!

Nothing Better than Grilling Pizzas with Kids

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Yesterday, I was honored to take part in Junior Chef School at the Athens Farmers Market. This installment was about grilling pizza and all that was needed was the dough, a little sauce, some patience and some great kids. The grill was hot and the char was awesome.

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The managers of the Athens Farmers Market, Jan and Kip helped with the event and Joel Fair, my Managing Partner, also killed it with his pizza finesse.

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As we stretched and tossed dough, I realized  how much this is. These bright eyed kids took to the gluten like real pros and followed every instruction I gave… the most important being: “Have fun!”

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Kids have a way of getting under your skin when your a cranky, middle-aged, know-it-all like me. These mini-humans turn all the anxiety and stresses of the day into a pile of laughter, like the little girl who approached me and said, “This is fun… oh, by the way, you say ‘dude’ a lot.”

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As the day ran on and each grilled pizza bubbled with melting mozzarella and provolone, the look of empowerment on each kids face said it all. They each had made something delicious by themselves with no help from adults. That is what memories are made of.

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There truly is no better way to spend the day than with kids and pizza! Semper Pie…dude!