High School Cook-Off |

Last week Thursday, approximately 120 students entered the kitchen at their high school with the hopes of creating a prize-winning pizza. This pizza cook-off inspired the students to make creative, great tasting pizzas worthy of your votes! I was so impressed by what they all came up with. We saw such innovative pizza recipes.


Here are just a few of the great concoctions: Piece of the Middle East Pizza, BBQ Chicken Pizza with a hint of Pizza, Shrimp Scampi Pizza, White Spinach Pizza, Shrimp Pizza, BLT Pizza, Cheesy Tomato and Basil Pizza, Chicken Avocado Pizza, Crazy Veggie Pizza and Alfredo Pizza.

I loved the energy and excitement in the kitchen and I really was blown away by the combinations they created.

The students were motivated not only by the desire to create the best pizza and win the competition against their peers, but also by a phenomenal prize package that was generously donated by a number of sponsors. The prize package is valued at over $300 and contains all the basics for a starter kitchen: a frying pan, a microplane, bowls, cookbooks, towels, measuring spoons and cups, a couple of aprons and more!



Each student in the winning group will receive:

Below are the top 8 pizzas as voted on by staff members. Follow the links to take a look at each one of the recipes (recipes are written by them, with some assistance from the teacher of the class), and pick which group you think did the best job. Keep in mind taste (imagine it or make it!), appearance and creativity when you’re choosing your favorite pizza. Then come on back here to vote for your favorite pizza!

All pizzas were made with an identical crust using Red Star Yeast and California Olive Ranch Olive Oil (crust recipe here). There was also a Blendtec blender available for use as needed. The blender was generously donated by Blendtec and will stay in the classroom for many more classes to use.

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Group #1: Sizzling Spicy Pizza

Group #2: Steak Alfredo Pizza

Group #3: Teriyaki Chicken Pizza

Group #4: Cajun Chicken Pizza


Group #5: Mexican Pizza

Group #6: Shrimp Alfredo Pizza

Group #7: Chicken Al (Alfredo) Pizza

Group #8: Amazing Ranch Pizza

Why should you vote? That’s easy–to support these kids. I’d love to just blow them away with the number of votes received.

Why else should you vote? Because there are some really, really great prizes up for grabs. For you!

Just by voting, you’ll be entered to win one of these 10 great prizes:

  • Le Creuset Essential Bakeware SetSet includes 4 qt. oval casserole, 3 qt. square dish, 4 qt. rectangular dish, 1 qt. au gratin and 18 oz. cocotte. Winner will have their choice of available colors.


  • Wüsthof Classic 4.5-inch Micro-Serrated Utility Knife:  “The newest Classic Utility Knife tackles a myriad of food prep tasks that call for the use of both a straight edge and serrated blade…The Utility Knife’s micro-serration, which is positioned near the bolster of the blade, features 11 extraordinarily sharp “teeth” that effortlessly cut through rough-surfaced and tough skinned fruits and vegetables, such as grapefruits and tomatoes. Complementing the knife’s micro-serration is a traditional straight edge blade, which is ideally suited to thinly slice both soft and hard foods, such as mozzarella and sausages.A high-performance, all-purpose knife for prepping small and medium size ingredients, the new Classic S11 Micro-Serrated 4.5-inch Utility Knife quickly and effortlessly peels, cuts and slices citrus fruits, onions, shallots, ginger, garlic, deli meats, cheeses, sandwiches, etc.”



  • KitchenAid® 5-Speed Hand Blender: 5 Speeds, 5 Attachments, Endless Culinary Creations: Industry’s First Interchangeable Stainless Steel Bell Blade Assemblies with a powerful 5-speed DC Motor and 8” Removable Blending Arm – Exceptional control to mix all ingredients with ease.Blend, Puree, Chop, Shred, Mince Froth/Mix and Whisk/Emulsify/Aerate – Easily blend smoothies, chop nuts, froth cappuccinos, shred vegetables or whisk egg whites with greater control. Includes 5-speed blender, 8” (20.3 cm) Removable Stainless Steel Blending Arm, Stainless Steel S-Blade/Multipurpose/Frother Beater Bell Blade Assemblies,Whisk and 21/2-Cup BPA-free Chopper Attachments, Removable Pan Guard, 3 Bell Blade Assembly Covers, 4-Cup (1 L) BPA-free Pitcher with No-Splash Lid and Storage Case.

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  • Red Star Yeast Kneaded Loaf book, apron, cutting/kneading board, spatula and thermometer (pictured above–same as student prizes)



  • A case of 32 ounce Chobani yogurts



  • Kerrygold gift basket: Includes 2 wedges Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, 2 wedges Kerrygold Swiss Cheese, 2 wedges Kerrygold Blarney Castle Cheese, 2 wedges Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, 2 wedges Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar, 2 wedges Kerrygold Red Leicester, 2 packs Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter, 2 packs Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, 2 packs of Kerrygold Garlic and Herb Butter and 2 packs of Kerrygold Softer Butter.


  • Products from OXO: Bowl, spatula, oven mitt, measuring cups and measuring spoons (pictured above–same as student prizes)

Vote and enter the giveaway using the widget below. If you don’t see the widget yet, be patient because it some times takes a minute to load. If the widget doesn’t appear, you can also click on the link below (which reads “Which Pizza Is Best?”) to see the entry form.  

Which Pizza Is Best?

Giveaway will end on April 10th, 2013 at midnight EST. Winners will be chosen on April 11th, 2013. Winners will be contacted via the email. Winners will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Open to US residents over the age of 18 only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook in any way. No purchase necessary to enter. Please refer to my privacy policy for details regarding information collection.

Disclosure: I received nothing from any of these companies for running these giveaways (oh how I wish!) but have worked with some of them in the past. All opinions are my own, as always!

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Please show your appreciation to our generous sponsors by visiting and following them on their social media sites. Their generosity and commitment to the community is inspiring. 

Blendtec: Facebook | Twitter

California Olive Ranch: Facebook | Twitter

California Pizza Kitchen: Facebook | Twitter

Chobani: Facebook | Twitter

Circulon: Facebook | Twitter

Keep It Sweet Desserts: Facebook | Twitter

Kerrygold: Facebook | Twitter

King Arthur Flour: Facebook | Twitter

KitchenAid: Facebook | Twitter

Le Creuset: Facebook | Twitter

Microplane: Facebook | Twitter

Miss In The Kitchen: Facebook |  Twitter

OXO: Facebook | Twitter

Red Star Yeast: Facebook | Twitter

Star Fine Foods: Facebook | Twitter

The Pioneer Woman: Facebook | Twitter

Toot Sweet Caramels: Facebook | Twitter

Wüsthof: Facebook | Twitter

Zak Designs: Facebook |Twitter

If nothing else, follow them because it took me forever to put all those links in.