Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza For Papa John’s and Stevie B’s

According to FoodandDrinkDigital.com, “Delivery giant Papa John’s and 37-unit buffet chain Stevi B’s announced they are bringing the Chicken Cordon Bleu to their menus. The continental classic that once was a staple of fine-dining restaurants around the world is making a comeback as a pizza selection at two U.S. chains.”

“Papa John’s version, which is prepared with spinach Alfredo sauce, grilled white-meat chicken, ham, onions and four cheeses — mozzarella, Asiago, provolone and Fontina — was created by a customer for the Louisville, Ky.-based brand’s Specialty Pizza Challenge. That contest allowed Papa John’s patrons to submit pizza ideas via Facebook. The 2,785-unit chain received more than 12,000 entries, which were narrowed down to three finalists in June. On Aug. 2, Papa John’s added those three pizzas to its menu and gave the contestants a $1,000 marketing budget to promote their entries. The Cheesy Chicken Cordon Bleu won, accounting for 45 percent of the more than 240,000 Specialty Pizza Challenge items sold during August. The pizza’s creator, Barbara Hyman of Los Angeles, will receive a “slice of the sales” in compensation up to $10,000, as well as free pizza for life. She also has the opportunity to appear in a Papa John’s television commercial.”