Livingston Students Take the Pizza Challenge

April 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ – On April 3, as part of an annual integrated project, Livingston students from the Enriched FCS and Enriched IBA classes teamed up to form corporations and battle it out for the next great pizza recipe. This year’s challenge was to create and market a new healthy pizza, based on the USDA’s, “My Plate” model.

“It looked like an episode of “Pizza Wars,” said Manager of Communications/Community Outreach Marilyn Joyce Lehren.

The students in Lucille Barresi’s class developed the unique recipes, while those in Lynn Schwartz’s class created the business plans. The students used Publisher to create company names, pizza names, slogans, and logos to market their new creations. They also performed clever jingles to promote their products. Preliminary challenges were held at an earlier date to narrow the field down from sixteen pizzas to the final four.

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The finalists included: Il Calciatore, Krusty Krab, Pizzadilla, and the Burrizza Pizza. Judges from the school district and the community including: Dr. John Alfieri, Mrs. Patricia Boland, Mr. Mark Stern, Christine Patorniti and Joseph Zezza from Shoprite, and the schools’ cafeteria manager, Debby Tedeschi, from Aramark, were on hand to make the final decision.

The judges deliberated and said that loved them all—but they had to make a decision. In the end, The Krusty Krab Pizza, with a unique taste that includes crab, pineapple and seaweed took one of the top spots and will be sold in The Bistro at Shoprite during Youth Appreciation Week in May. The creators were: Christina Cheek, Patrick Yim, Austin Hong, Hunter Starr, and Melanie Alpert.

Bragging rights were also earned by the creators of the Burrizza Pizza, a Mexican-themed pizza, which according to young chefs: Raymond Zhou, Jerry Zhuang, Caleb Chow, Hannah Oliveira, and Keisha Albelda contains, “everything you would find in a burrito.” It will be sold in the school’s cafeteria in the next few weeks.


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