Jun Tanaka takes gourmet pizza crown

pizzicotto-40Chef Jun Tanaka has been crowned London’s Gourmet Pizza Challenge champion, notching up more sales than his rivals in a month-long competition hosted by Pizzicotto in High Street Kensington.

Vivek Singh of the Cinnamon Club, Pascal Aussignac of Club Gascon and Anna Hansen of the Modern Pantry were among the big-name chefs who entered their recipes for pizza toppings, to raise funds for Action Against Hunger.

The winning entry, “Manchiberico”, included aged manchego cheese, green chilli, burrata & Iberico ham. Tanaka also wins praise from the Harden’s Survey for the “exceptional” cooking at his new restaurant, The Ninth in Fitzrovia.

Pizzicotto’s James Chiavarini said the Gourmet Pizza Challenge raised £1,250 in November. The winning pizza will stay on the menu permanently, with £1 of its price going to Action Against Hunger.

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