Little Caesars Pizzeria owner and world champion pizza chef Theo Kalogeracos will share a glass of wine, some special pizzas and his great sense of humour with locals at an evening pizza workshop this month.
Darlington resident Kalogeracos, is also the author of two cookbooks ” Theo & Co and Theo & Co Take 2 ” aimed at discovering the perfect pizza and also sells his own range of products and appliances.
‘I’m excited to come to Warnbro, I like to do these kind of gigs in libraries,’ he told the Courier.
‘When I was a kid I never set foot in one, or read a book and now I’ve written them.
‘I don’t write very well, I’m pretty much illiterate, so you can come down and just hear about a dumbass!’
Irreverent, yes. Dumbass? We doubt it. Kalogeracos opened his first pizza shop in Mundaring more than 16 years ago and has since opened stores in Leederville, Fremantle and Hillarys.
While there are no plans to open another outpost just yet, the chef said Rockingham was in a good location if they did plan on further expansion.
Kalogeracos became legendary in 2006 after winning the then ‘Las Vegas Italian Chef Wars’. He won again in 2010 after it was rebranded the World Champion Pizza Maker award at the Las Vegas Pizza Show before winning the 2013 International Pizza Expo World Champion Master Pizza Maker award earlier this year.
Kalogeracos’ dessert pizzas, like the decadent chocolate-loaded award-winning Mudhoney are his main claim to fame, but quality and secret ingredients are the baseline for his culinary achievements.
‘The secret to a great pizza is the dough; if you don’t have a good base it doesn’t matter about the ingredients,’ he said.
‘It’s like building a house ” if you don’t put concrete down for the foundation it all falls apart.
‘The other rule is less is more, you need good ingredients, not a lot of them.’
He said while he was not partial to pineapple on a pizza, he didn’t think it was an unforgivable culinary offence.
‘Ham and pineapple has that Chinese sweet and sour thing going on,’ he said.
‘Once I was in Jakarta at a pizza place and they were trying to be smart; they made this margarita cheese pizza but then they put kiwifruit, peaches on it. It was like a car crash.’
Not that his own experimentation always goes right.
‘I once put rice on a pizza. Don’t. It’s really, really bad,’ he said. ‘I was trying to put my idea of a red chicken curry on a pizza, it was disgusting, there was so much starch, so I took the rice off and now a version of it is on the menu.
‘You need to make those mistakes.’
Learn more about Theo’s quest for the perfect pizza at Warnbro Library on August 14 from 6pm to 7pm. Bookings are essential. Call 9528 8577 or email wclcontact@ rockingham.wa.gov.au