Dearest loveliest Readers have you ever made pizza from scratch at home before? I sure love pizza especially those with a thin crust and baked in a wood fire ovens with that smokey flavour. Anyhow, I got an email from Julia from TinkPR a couple of weeks ago asking if I’d be interested in learning how to make pizza from scratch and also enter a pizza competition with some other food bloggers?!?
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it at first…I mean what do I know about pizza making? Turns out that all my closest and dearest food blogging friends were going – Ash, Thanh, Shellie, Sabrina and Scott, Lianne and Cherrie! It’s been a while since we’ve all caught up so it was going to be like a little reunion hehe ~
The event was held at the Grosvenor Hotel in St Kilda East, I haven’t heard of it before, but was surprised that it was such a modern and spacious restaurant on a quiet street. We all gathered up at 6:30pm where we got to meet Julia and Chef Emile which told us the run down and the most importantly the rules for the competition and that was ‘have fun and play fair!’
The Grosvenor Hotel was very kind and gave us some nibbles to start our night off, starting with the super smooth and addictive chicken liver parfait which was a Marco Pierre White recipe and their chicken arancini balls with what I think was aioli ~
Then it was these hand cut chips that takes 3 days to make! These were seriously one of the best chips I have had! Normally I’m not a chip person lol I can resist the fried goodness but not for these chips, no matter how long you left them they were still crispy! And pair them up with the Bernnaise sauce yes please!
After some delicious nibbles and drinks, it was GAME ON! The actual pizza making time ~ we were led into the back of the kitchen to start making our own pizza dough from scratch. We were all given some 00 flour, fresh yeast, room temperature water and olive oil. Stefano the pizza making guru started instructing us, starting by mixing the yeast and waster together and then sprinkling the salt over the flour and slowly forming a dough. Now this was the easy bit…the hard bit was the kneading it!
It took a very long time and lots of assistance from Stefano and Emile to form this perfect looking pizza dough My hands felt like they were going to fall off!
We took it in turns to make the pizzas, first up was Shellie with her Banhmigeddon pizza which had her homemade Vietnamese chicken and Sriracha sauce. That chicken is SO damn addictive! Then Thanh also bought in some special ingredients and made a Kaarage chicken pizza with roast capsicums and rocket on TOP so it didn’t burn in the oven hahaha. Ashely also bought some homemade ingredients and that was BAKKWA and zucchini on her gluten-free pizza ~ the base was amazing couldn’t even tell it was GF I could already tell competition was gonna be TOUGH!
Next lot of savoury pizzas were from Sabrina and Scott competing with each other as they’re from the same blog Brunch Addict Scott made a vegetarian pizza with fennel and caramelized onions while Sabrina topped her pizza with lamb, some special cheese which I can’t remember the name of and Moroccan spices ~
Now to the battle of the dessert queens! I knew I wouldn’t stand a chance making a savoury pizza, so definitely sticking with a sweet one. But I was up again Cherrie who is known for her amazing desserts on her blog and OMG Lianne who is like the domestic goddess! Cherrie’s pizza was a sweet and savoury combination of bacon, banana and dulce de leche!
While Lianne’s ‘Banana Nut Cracker’ was hard to resist too with a butterscotch base, sliced bananas, flaked almond, almond crunch, walnuts and last but not least cinnamon sugar! Okay…we’re competitors but this was so damn good!
Okay, finally my turn with my ‘Sweet Attack’ pizza hahaha I named it ‘Sweet Attack’ because I knew it was going to be a sugar and sweet overload and not everyone could handle my pizza! I had a THICK dulce de leche base (swear I used nearly half a bowl), dollops of fresh Italian Nutella, flaked almonds and almond crumble to give it some texture and finished it all off with super sweet and crunchy honeycomb!
I know it’s super sweet and not everyone can stomach it but at the same time lol I LOVE IT Yes I am bias hahaha either way it was my perfect sweet pizza!
It was actually quite nerve wrecking when Julia and Emile stepped out to deliberate hahaha reminds me of Masterchef and how we’re being judged ~ Finally the results were out! *DRUM ROLLS* Shellie and I tied, we were both the highest!!! WOO HOO *HIGH FIVE*! Lianne got second place and Cherrie was third! YAY! Super happy
The competition hasn’t ended though! The top 3 pizzas are going on the Grosvenors special menu and the pizza that gets the most votes on Facebook and in the restaurant will remain on the menu for a MONTH and the blogger can go back and eat as many pizzas for FREE
Now my Dearest most supportive Readers, can I PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ask you to vote for me It’s super simple, you just go to the Grosvenor Facebook page and find the picture of my pizza and press ‘Like’ and that’s it!!! And if you’re in Melbourne please go try out my pizza it’s on the menu for two weeks! Every pizza ordered is also counted as a VOTE
No matter who wins this was such an amazing event We all had so so so much fun! Would like to thank Emile, Stefano and Julia for organising this event and inviting me!
Daisy@Nevertoosweet attended this event as a guest of Grosvenor Hotel and TinkPR