Nairobi is a haven for everything events, festivals and apparently even the largest pizza in East Africa.
Heavenly Foods hotel along Moi Avenue in the city centre unveiled the giant pizza recently in an event graced by popular Gospel DJ Mo and Samchi Telecom CEO Esther Muchemi.
The yeasted flatbread measuring 43 by 43 inches and with six different flavours was prepared in six minutes by five chefs. The delight was made of pulled beef, beetroot, lamb, spinach, mint, grilled choma sausages, pineapple, Caribbean feel, roast chicken, peppers and heavenly margarita.
The entire pizza that cost Kshs 8,500 was enough to feed 15 people to satisfaction and dozens more taking bites.
According to the Guiness world records last year, in the town of Burlson in Texas, USA, Moontower Pizza Bar’s latest menu offering is a dish that’s claimed the record for the world’s Largest pizza commercially available. It costs $299.95 (approximately Kshs 30,000) including one topping, is deliverable within a specific area – and requires 48 hours notice.
Pizza seems to be a popular vehicle for would-be Guinness World Record holders (and record breakers); the company has a long list of pizza-themed achievements on its website. Some other records worth noting include:
World’s longest pizza
Last June, a group of 55 pizza pros and more than 150 volunteers joined forces at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California to build this record-setting pizza that stretched more than 6,333 feet in length and involved 17,700 pounds of dough, 5,000 pounds of tomato sauce and 3,900 pounds of mozzarella cheese. According to LA Weekly, it was ultimately sliced into 63,000 servings, most of which were donated to local homeless shelters.
World’s largest pizza
The world’s largest pizza baked in 2012 in Italy which was actually gluten-free. With a gluten-free crust, the pizza had a total surface area of 1261.65 square meters and was topped with 19,800 pounds of mozzarella. (It was also so ginormous that it had to be baked in 5,234 separate batches over the course of two days).
Most pizza eaten in the shortest time
World champion eater and California native Joey Chestnut devoured 40 1/2 slices of pizza in 10 minutes to set a new world record in the Pizza Hut Chow-lenge in the year 2010!