There’s a new sport that includes food and it doesn’t involve a chow down. Joe Burr is one of those pizza Olympians, entitled with the nickname “Domino Joe.” Together with his boss Jesse Dann, Burr is qualified in a pizza competition in Las Vegas, fighting for the world title “Fastest Pizza Maker.”
As competitive as these employees can get, Dann and Burr take the challenge seriously and aims to bring their pizza making talent far beyond the duty.
"Being really fast at making pizza is like being an athlete. I do push-ups and sit ups," says Dann, who is the Regional Manager for Domino's in D.C.
Both Burr and Dann even have established their own styles in creating their pizza, ending at 41.1 seconds and 46.4 seconds respectively, to make one cheese, one mushroom, one pepperoni pizza. The fastest record Burr made was at 39.6 seconds.
"It's tremendous fun. I couldn't imagine sitting behind a desk," says Dann.
Dann’s style is to make big swings and slow sauces, while Burr depends on the breathing method, synced to the dough’s fall towards the pan.
"I have a very big swing and an extremely slow sauce. I slow my sauce down to a crawl and then I explode out of my sauce," says Dann.
"If I'm exhaling when I do that, it falls perfectly for me every time," Burr says.
The main test in the competition is not just the speed but also the quality, something both Domino’s Pizza aims to excel at as a team.
"If he beats me, that's fine, as long as we bring the title back to Washington D.C.," says Dann.