The Pizza Champs are Coming to Dallas!

Twelve Pizza Hut team members are coming to Dallas to compete in the FINAL ROUND of the annual Pizza Championships! After winning their restaurant competition, area competition, and regional championships, our contestants from across the country will participate in a live challenge to test their pizza-making skills and see who has what it takes to bring home the dough (pun intended). We’ll be live blogging the event here on Hut Life!

Since June 1, Pizza Hut restaurants around the country have been throwing down to see who is the best at saucing, cheese-ing, and topping a pizza in a limited amount of time. Participants are judged on their ability to prep one medium pizza and one large pizza—with different toppings each time! Part of the challenge is they never know what pizza they’re going to be making until right before the timer starts. Competitors have to complete pizza prep—following all our kitchen procedures accurately and making the pies to a high standard—in four minutes or less.

This year’s grand prize? A trophy, $1,000, and voucher for travel for two within the continental US! Second place receives $500, and third gets $250. Competition will be fierce, and we can’t wait to see how these team members bring the heat next week. Follow all the action here on Hut Life and help us cheer on our awesome competitors starting at 10AM CST on August 26!

Who do you think will win? Check out the competition and pick your favorite to take home the big prize this Wednesday.

Candice Robinson

pizza championships
Hometown: Varnville, South Carolina
Years with Pizza Hut: 4 Years
Why are you going to win? All the time & effort I have put into learning the skills & knowledge I need to know! I enjoy making pizzas, it’s creative art and I know I can do it!!
What’s your claim to fame? I am the best because I strive to be the best!
Fun Fact? I’m a secret comedian.
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? Meat Lover’s®

Charity Reeves

pizza championships
Hometown: Lewisville, TX
Years with Pizza Hut: 3 Years
Why are you going to win? I put 100% in everything I do! I am going to do everything I can to represent and be the best!!
What’s your claim to fame? My pride & joy: Stuffed Crust Pizza & CB
Fun Fact? Self-proclaimed bookworm: I read a book a day! I encourage everyone to read.
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? BBQ Stuffed Crust topped with chicken, pineapple, and bacon; Asiago cheese & garlic buttery blend on the crust.

Chris Garrett

pizza championships
Hometown: Texarkana, TX
Years with Pizza Hut: 3 years
Why are you going to win? I’ll be very humble about competing as I know the competition will be fierce! I’m extremely glad I’m attending. I critique all my pizzas before they go in the oven; it’s all about what the customer sees, and I want to make it great!
What’s your claim to fame? Speed, accuracy & great customer service
Fun Fact? Chris is a [self-described] table top RPG (role playing game) NERD!
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? Stuffed Crust Pretzel Piggy

Chris Otoole

pizza championships
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Years with Pizza Hut: 2 years
Why are you going to win? My memory for standards is really good!
What is your claim to fame? I make the best quality pizzas ever!
Fun Fact? I have no sense of smell at all.
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? Hand-Tossed crust topped with chicken and mushrooms

Shiann Marion

pizza championships
Hometown: Conroe, TX
Years with Pizza Hut: 1 year
Why are you confident that you are going to win? I’m positive I have a chance, but I’m not 100% confident I’m going to win.
What is your claim to fame? I am always cleaning and making others clean!
Fun Fact? I’m double jointed
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? Anything Stuffed Crust

Jeffrey Manning

pizza championships
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Years with Pizza Hut: 3 years
Why are you confident that you are going to win? I received a perfect score on the region test, If I keep that up I will be sure to win!
What is your claim to fame? I live Heart of the Hut recipe number 1: “respect yourself!”
Fun Fact? Jeffrey his first baby this year!
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? Stuffed Crust with chicken, pineapple, and jalapeno

Lisa Bordeau

pizza championships
Hometown: Schenectady, NY
Years with Pizza Hut: 4 years
Why are you going to win? I like to obtain a lot of knowledge about my job and am really good at taking knowledge & going forward with it.
What is your claim to fame? Lisa is a really great cook and always helps other cooks during her shift. She’s known for her Stuffed Crust!
Fun Fact? Lisa is a big music fan!
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? Hand-tossed crust with cheese.

Matt Hughes

pizza championships
Hometown: Pikeville, KY
Years with Pizza Hut: 2 years
Why are going to win? I’m confident b/c I feel like I’m the best, I don’t falter to w/my attention to detail, I try to make every pizza perfect every time!
What is your claim to fame? I pay attention to detail, everyone always comes to me. I’m the “answer” guy
Fun Fact? I like to sing to everyone in the kitchen while working.
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Becky Schrock

pizza championships
Hometown: Washington, IL
Years with Pizza Hut: 16 years
Why are you going to win? I take pride in my work I do, I want to make sure I do a good job & make the customer happy so they keep coming back!! Want to do a good job representing my restaurant, family & friends & make them proud!!
What is your claim to fame? She’s a lean, mean, pizza-making machine!
Fun Fact? Becky was the first person born in Washington in 1980.
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? Stuffed Crust with sausage and pepperoni

Ron Alvarez

pizza championships
Hometown: Covington, Louisiana
Years with Pizza Hut: 2 years
Why are you going to win? I know the standards very well and have scored 100% on all tests so far during the competition.
What is your claim to fame? I’m very good with product knowledge and executing standards
Fun Fact? My father is an Area Coach who has been with Pizza Hut for 24 years, in addition to two aunts, two uncles, and my grandfather—Pizza Hut is a family affair!
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? Meat Lover’s®

Stephanie Mayes

pizza championships
Hometown: Henderson, KY
Years with Pizza Hut: 27 years
Why are going to win? I am a returning Pizza champ, attended the 2014 event & since then have been focusing on product quality a priority as well as teaching others. Plus, I have been practicing a lot!!
What is your claim to fame? A relentless pizza cutting machine w/ninja-like precision
Fun Fact? Do not do the hokey pokey!
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? Hand Tossed giddy up barbecue chicken

Vinetta Swilley

pizza championships
Hometown: Hazlehurst, MS
Years with Pizza Hut: 10 years
Why are you going to win? I am motivated, I work hard at speed, I have others timing me to make sure I make the pizza fast & also achieve great product quality!
What is your claim to fame? I’m a Customer Maniac, I always make sure to satisfy our fans!
Fun Fact? I love ice cream.
Favorite Pizza Hut pizza? Hand-tossed crust with chicken, cherry peppers, jalapenos, bacon, and Parmesan sprinkles

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