Not for its beautiful Hills scenery, or its love of delicate truffles or award-winning fine wines.
But for having the best pizza. That’s right ” pizza.
Mundaring pizza maker Theo Kalogeracos has been crowned World Champion Master Maker at the 2013 Las Vegas International Pizza Expo.
Competing against the world’s best pizza makers, Mr Kalogeracos wowed the judges with his creation.
The four competitors in the championship were each given a mystery box of the four same ingredients ” sundried tomatoes, pears, rocket and prosciutto, which had to be included on their pizzas.
There was another box with 40 additional ingredients to select from. Once the ingredients were revealed, each competitor had 20 minutes to prepare, bake and serve their pizza creation to the judges.
Mr Kalogeracos’ winning creation was inspired by a cheese board. The winning pizza included all the required ingredients, topped with mouth-watering crumbled blue cheese, toasted walnuts, fresh rocket and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
It was a tremendous victory for Mr Kalogeracos. Now back in Mundaring, he said he was happy he was given the opportunity to compete in the championship.
‘It is such an honour to meet talented and enthusiastic pizza chefs from around the globe,’ he said.
‘My real passion is creating, so it was brilliant that they put on a mystery box competition.’
The win caps off a busy year for Mr Kalogeracos, who now has released a second cookbook ” Theo & Co Take 2 ” The Search for the Perfect Pizza Continues.
He operates three Little Caesars pizza restaurants in Perth. The first was launched in Mundaring.
He recently took his Theo & Co pizza products brand global, launching a countertop pizza oven into Asia and the US.
‘They say love is the universal language ” well I say pizza is the universal food,’ Mr Kalogeracos said.
‘Everyone loves pizza and if an Australian-born Greek from Perth, who married into an Italian family can take out the title of World Champion Master Pizza Maker, then I think that proves it.’