Ban this pizza, says obesity forum

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By Robert Harland

What’s Cooking?

Monday, April 28, 2014


THE UK's National Obesity Forum is suggesting that the new pizza cake developed by Canada’s Boston Pizza chain should be banned in Britain.

Forum board member Tam Fry said the pizza cake is a horror. “The real danger is that there is no portion control. If presented with this, children would go wild. It is stuffed full of calories. It should be banned."

Pizza lovers, however, are raving about the new creation.

The pizza cake has six levels of pizza base and meat topping, stacked up and slathered in cheese to form a deep, sliceable layer cake.

The pizza chain asked its customers to vote for their favorite from a catalogue of zany pizza innovations which they dubbed pizza "game changers." The chain said “if you like it, we'll make it.”

The outright favorite was pizza cake, described as “great for birthdays, weddings and even lonely nights watching television."

Other pizza "game changers" included pizza mints - second place - a pizza-shaped shirt pocket and a pneumatic pizza cutter.

Pizza outfits elsewhere are following the pizza cake story with interest. Thom Elliot, who runs Pizza Pilgrims in London, said “I want to hate it, but perhaps I would taste pizza cake and say, ‘You know what? This might work.’ You've got to have fun with pizza."

But top chef Michel Roux Jr. is not impressed. The former MasterChef judge and the chef patron of the two-Michelin-starred Le Gavroche in London, said: “This sounds wrong, on all fronts. My wife, Giselle, makes wonderful pizza, but if I asked her for pizza cake ... Good Lord, it’s not even worth thinking about. I wouldn't eat this, or serve it.”

The pizza cake is not available yet and if it's launched by Boston Pizza (and no doubt it will), you'll have to be in Canada to get one. But, if it's a success. I'm sure it'll soon be on the menu at Shakey's in Bacolod. But beware, the pizza cake contains about 5,000 calories.

My real problem with it is crispness. A good pizza has to have even crispness – but with six layers, can that consistency be maintained throughout or will the middle become a soggy, saturated mess?

We shall see. But remember what American comedian and actor Mel Books once said about sex and pizza "even when it’s bad, it’s good.”*

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 28, 2014.

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