Although I never stopped cooking, it has been a crazy long time since my last post. Now that we are well into fall, my kids are settled at school and I found an exciting job opportunity. Ooni is looking for pizza taste testers. Their portable ovens cook pizza at 925 degree in just 60 seconds. Can you imagine cooking a pizza that quickly?
In our house, pizza night is the one evening no one complains about the menu, and it really doesn't matter how the pizza gets to our table. We live Chicago, the best pizza city in the United States. My kids all have their favorite frozen pizza (Home Run Inn, Tombstone or Jack's Rising Crust). Every weekend, I fire up my oven to 500 degrees, preheat the pizza stone for an hour, then start making homemade pizza. Would I love an oven that heats up in twenty minutes instead of sixty, then cooks each pizza in one minute instead of eight? Would I be thrilled to test that oven and develop recipes? Do I feel lucky to live in Chicago where I have access to fresh and interesting ingredients? Yes on all counts.
My pizza starts with a variation of this dough from NYT Cooking. The crust bakes up crisp and chewy. For the simple cheese or pepperoni pizzas favored by my kids, I use a sauce of San Marzano tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, salt and fresh basil. Bob and I love to experiment with different toppings. If I get this pizza taste tester job, I already have one request to make pizza with Indian ingredients.
I sent in my video job application yesterday (see below). There is only so much that one can say in a single minute. I hope I chose the right words to be selected as one of the short listed applicants. I'm ready to tell Ooni more about why they need me to test their pizza oven. At one time, I considered giving up my career in IT Project Management for one in the culinary arts. I took a year of night classes at Kendall College and loved every minute of it. I've also taken classes at The Chopping Block and French Pastry School. Cooking fresh, delicious food for my family and friends has always been a priority. My time flies when I'm in the kitchen.