French owns five restaurants in the 24-store Your Pie fast-casual operation. “I had to leave the event early, but when I got the call that I had won, I was very excited and proud to represent Your Pie, where ‘Food First’ is our commitment,” French says. “My wife is originally from the island of Ischia off the coast of Naples, Italy, so the peach-topped pizza was my attempt to blend two cultures in a taste profile that really comes together."
Your Pie is in six states and recently opened in Chicago. “I never competed in a pizza-making event before, but the Sofo family, our hosts for the event and Your Pie’s food distributor, was great about getting us involved. I wanted to show the judges that we take our food seriously and use some seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Peaches may seem like an odd topping, but the sweetness blends perfectly with our cheese blend and the salty prosciutto. We proudly offer this option at our stores.”