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Pizza Quest: Bill Crawford, Winner of the Real California Pizza Contest

Welcome back to Pizza Quest!

In this episode, Bill Crawford, former Air Force jet fighter pilot and now owner of Righteous Slice in Wexford, Idaho, shows us all about his Grand Prize winning El Pollo Barracho Pizza (aka “Drunken Chicken” pizza,  with tequila marinated chicken) from the 2024 Real California Pizza Contest, sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board. Peter competed in this contest too (and didn’t win), working directly across the bench from Bill during the competition, so he’s particularly excited to hear how Bill came up with his concept and how he managed to pull off his perfect version during the pressure-filled finals bake-off, held in Napa, California at the Culinary Institute of America’s Copia Food and Wine Center. Bill even makes us the winning pizza and shows us around his Idaho pizzeria, in this fun, fascinating, and informative episode.

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Pizza Quest is a site dedicated to the exploration of artisanship in all forms, wherever we find it, but especially through the literal and metaphorical image of pizza. As we share our own quest for the perfect pizza we invite all of you to join us and share your journeys too. We have discovered that you never know what engaging roads and side paths will reveal themselves on this quest, but we do know that there are many kindred spirits out there, passionate artisans, doing all sorts of amazing things. These are the stories we want to discover, and we invite you to jump on the proverbial bus and join us on this, our never ending pizza quest.

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American Pie
Artisan Breads Every Day
The Bread Bakers Apprentice
Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
Whole Grain Breads

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