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Pizza Talk: Derek Sanchez and the Journey of a Healer Turned World Pizza Champion

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 08 October 2020 Pizza Talk

Derek Sanchez named his pizza truck Mia Marco’s Pizza after his two kids, but his journey began well before then and took an upward swing soon thereafter. Operating out of the Old Main Ice House in Cibolo, Texas,(just outside of San Antonio) this still practicing doctor of physical therapy followed his bliss and, through sheer resilience and persistence, dedicated his non medical hours, helping athletes heal their bodies and restore themselves to perfection, to perfecting his own craft of pizza making. He got so good at it that Derek was soon winning competitions and got invited to join the World Pizza Champions team. Like so many competitors, his quest for excellence is endless and knows no bounds and recognizes no limitations. In this insightful conversation and demonstration, Derek will take us all along with him on his inspiring  journey.

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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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