World first as woman wins pizza contest

World first as woman wins pizza contest
A 42-year-old woman has won the world pizza making contest in Naples. Photo: Matt Harris/Flickr
A 42-year-old Italian from Naples has become the first woman to win the world pizza making championships.

Teresa Iorio scooped the coveted Caputo trophy on Thursday, awarded to the best pizza made in traditional Naplolitan style, Ansa news reported.

“I'm so happy,” said a tearful Iorio as she picked up her award. “I'd like to dedicate this to my mother and my father who taught me the art of pizza making. Whenever I roll out a pizza base I think of my dad,” she told reporters.

Iorio had extra cause to celebrate, being the first female to win the award in the competition's 14 year history.

“I thought it was impossible. I want to share my award with pizza making women everywhere.” Iorio said.

The master pizza maker comes from a family of pizza making women and heads up the pizzeria Le Figle di Loro in Naples, with an all female staff that includes her two sisters and niece.

The world pizza making championships celebrate the complex craft of pizza making and attracted 500 pizza chefs from all over the world to Napoli Pizza Village this year.

At Napoli Pizza Village, the chefs competed in a number of different categories, including gluten-free pizza, pan pizza and even free style pizza before their creations were judged by an expert jury comprising Michelin-starred chefs.

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