Theo Kalogeracos who owns 2 pizza outlets in Perth Western Australia won the non traditional in the International Pizza Challenge and the blind box championships at the recent Los Vegas Pizza Expo. This is a great achievement for Theo following his other win in 1995.
This in an exert I found.
[i]Chef Theo Kalogeracos of Perth, Australia, claimed first in the non-traditional category of the International Pizza Challenge, which netted him $10,000. He then took the win (worth $5,000) in the blind-box competition, which pits the top two finishers in both the traditional and non-traditional categories against one another in a timed contest that requires the competitors to work from a pre-determined list of ingredients. Additionally, each competitor was required to use a secret ingredient â€” this year’s must-have was grilled chicken.
“Both of Theo’s pies were fantastic, so I can see why the judges loved them,” says White. “His dessert pizza in the non-traditional contest was particularly inventive. There were a lot of good entries, so the judges had a tough time this year. But I think they did well by selecting Theo’s creations. They were both truly winners.”
A great win for Theo and another feather in his impressive cap. A great guy and always helpfull to others in the industry, never shying away from answering questions about problems or ideas you may have.
I don’t know if anyone who went to Vegas saw this part of the show or if they had a chance speak with Theo.
Theo has knocked back requests to open in New York preferring to concentrate on his 2 shops in Perth - and undoubtably his one in Jakatta in Indonesia. I also heard he is looking at opening in Shanghai but I haven’t spoken with him for a while so this can’t be confirmed.
Go the Aussies