California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), an international casual dining restaurant chain specializing in California-style pizza, gathered all its cooks in the Philippines in a competition that would bring out the talent and creativity in every participant. CPK's Pizza Wars is an annual competition held in the United States participated by CPK's domestic branches. Recognizing the talent and skills of its Filipino counterparts, CPK finally launched the first ever Pizza Wars competition in the Philippines, the first of its kind in the Philippines and outside the United States.
From the ten participating CPK branches in the Philippines, only three pizza chefs made it to the finals which was held last June 9 at CPK's Bonifacio Global City branch. Team Pinas Muna had the privilege of witnessing the finals where the top 3 pizza chefs showcased their creations through a pizza making demonstration followed by a pizza tasting session.
Representing the CPK Eastwood branch was pizza chef Lea Castillones who presented her Steak with Mushroom + Truffle Pizza. For her pizza, she used truffle oil as base, topped with caramelized yellow onion, abalone mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and button mushrooms, shredded mozzarella, chunks of fresh mozzarella and finally topped with tender and juicy grilled steak.
|Steak with Mushroom + Truffle Pizza|
|The Farmer's Choice|
|White Mango Sangria|
|Archie Rodriguez (GRCI President & CEO), Romel Panaligan, Chef Laudico, Griffith Go (GRCI CFO)|
Chef Romel's Farmer's Choice Pizza will be featured in CPK's annual celebration of National Pizza Day in August 2015 and will also be included in CPK Philippines new menu which is scheduled to be rolled out in the last quarter of this year.
For updates on the latest offerings of CPK Philippines, you can follow them on Facebook (fb.com/CPKPhilippines) or on Twitter or Instagram @CPKPhilippines. CPK Philippines has branches at Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Plaza, Greenhills Promenade, Eastwood, Rockwell, Bonifacio Global City, Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center and Century City Mall.