My ALL time favourite food show is Masterchef Australia.
It’s fun and honest and the focus is always food (not random drama like in the Indian version).
Also the judges are so adorable. Like don’t you want to just hug them?
(image from: http://www.masterchef.com.au/)
Masterclass is an integral part of learning on the show. The mood is relaxed and the focus is only on learning new techniques and skills to add to your cooking/baking repertoire.
So when the folks at Hilton, Mayur Vihar invited us over for a Pizza masterclass with their Italian chef Theo, we (our CAL Blogger’s table) all jumped at the opportunity.
Focused yet funny, Chef Theo took us through the basics of pizza dough, Marinara sauce, and ways to bake the crust properly.
Just look at this wonderfully reduced Marinara sauce.
And these fluffy balls of rested pizza dough.
I learnt that a wood fire oven has the advantage of really high temperatures, so you don’t need to pre-bake your crust. In the ovens we use at home, pre-baking your crust is essential. This was a massive revelation to me and I can’t wait to try it this way.
Also overloading your pizza with toppings is a rookie mistake. Do that and you’ll have a soggy crust.
A thin crust, a few simple toppings, and a rich, well-reduced tomato sauce base is all you need for a great pizza.
We tasted the pizzas fresh as they came out of the oven and they were divine. See?
Very inspired, I’m going to try my hand at a home-made pizza soon!
Thank you Hilton, Mayur Vihar for hosting us. It’s always amazing to learn first-hand from chefs who know their stuff like Theo.
Here’s what the rest of the Blogger’s table had to say:
Ruchira @ Cookaroo
Sushmita @ My Unfinished Life
Sid @ Chef at large
Sangeeta @ Banaras ka Khana
4 thoughts on “A pizza masterclass with Chef Theo”
Thanks for the insights.Point taken on the excesses that one indulges in when baking pizza at home !!!
On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM, culinarystorm
Those nice bubbles on the crust that is slightly burnt. Let’s see if I can replicate that. Pizza wont be mundane now 🙂
yummm pizza class it was 🙂
Nice! Such a fine fun it was