CiCi’s Pizza Team Members Compete in First-Ever Pizza Throwdown

COPPELL, Texas, Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — CiCi’s Pizza top pizza makers will compete for the title of “Ultimate Pizza Artist” and the coveted crystal pizza cutter as CiCi’s launches its first-ever Pizza Throwdown. In addition to a year’s worth of bragging rights, CiCi’s team members from across the nation will compete for a flat screen TV. Winners of the four regional contests will compete in the finals, hosted by CiCi’s Pizza, in Dallas in January 2011.

“We know that we have some of the most attentive and talented pizza professionals in the business,” CiCi’s Pizza CEO Mike Shumsky said. “CiCi’s Pizza Throwdown gives us an opportunity to recognize their incredible work in a fun environment that highlights their skills.”

To be named the Ultimate Pizza Artist, CiCi’s competitors will exhibit mastery in multiple areas: quality pizza assembly, speed, accuracy and ability to keep CiCi’s famous pizza, pasta, soup, salad and dessert buffet stocked with hot and fresh pizza while providing a welcoming atmosphere for guests.

WHO: Carlos Ramos (Downer’s Grove, Ill.), Mario Garcia (College Station, Texas), Justina Rivas (Saginaw, Texas), Jose Campos (High Point, N.C.), Renee Sanchez (Las Vegas), Martin Gallegos (Gun Barrel City, Texas), Elizabeth Cruz (Roeland Park, Kan.), Arturo Dela Cruz (Round Rock, Texas), Madia Gomez (Aurora, Co.), Vicenta Sierra (Grand Prairie, Texas), Martin Cabellero (Lynchburg, Va.), Delia Guzman (Austin, Texas), Jorge Casaras (Suwanee, Ga.), Reyna Pedro (Orlando, Fla.), Jatziri Gonzalez (Tampa, Fla.), Moises Caballero (Dallas), Alvaro Patino (Shreveport, La.), Derwin Tilson (Fort Smith, Ark.), Candido Vallejo (St. Louis), Alejandro Munoz (Houston), Pedro Galvez (Apex, N.C.), Tarian Nixon (Prattville, Ala.)

WHAT: These 22 pizza pros will compete to advance in CiCi’s Ultimate Pizza Throwdown for a chance at the grand prize of a flat screen TV, a cash prize and a coveted crystal pizza cutter.

VISUALS: Potential Ultimate Pizza Artists will stretch pizzas and spread toppings and cheese at top speed to assemble the fastest, best-looking and most delicious pizza.

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 through Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

WHERE: For information about the location of your area competition, contact Michelle Hagans or Erin White.

Michelle Hagans or Erin White

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