Pizza Throwdown: New School vs. Old School

What started as a joke amongst friends has quickly turned into a battle between several high-profile Orange County chefs for a serious cause. New School vs. Old School in a Pizza Throwdown, to raise money to help local families. Members of the public can purchase tickets to vote in the throwdown, or simply eat pizza in the parking lot. Proceeds benefit Bracken’s Kitchen, an Orange County food truck that feeds local families for FREE.

The Teams:

Old-School: Dean Kim, Orange County Baking Company; Chef Sandro Nardone of Angelina’s Pizzeria Napoletana; Chef Bill Bracken of Bracken’s Kitchen; Chef Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn; Chef Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub; Lisa Gilmore of Orange Home Grown Farmer’s and Artisan Market

New-School: Chad Urata and Brent Omeste, Centro Collective; Jeff Moore, Eats Bar & Kitchen at Hotel Irvine; Jeff Boullt, formerly of Social Costa Mesa; Trevor Kotchek of Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza; Dino Duarte of Vaca; Tiny of Cucina Enoteca; Sam Green, Balboa Bay Club; Negin Joonet of The Acacia House, St. Helena; Kimmie Wilson, Pinkiwi Culinary Production; Nico Pena, Solace pop-up

What’s at Stake: Pride, mostly. And hair, possibly. Dean Kim refuses to lose, he says. Chad and Brent plan to make him eat their pizza, and then his words. Rumor has it, the losing chefs will get their heads shaved. The shaving kit is in Dean’s office, but who knows if it will come out!

Witness the epic battle Sunday, Jan. 29. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Orange County Baking Company, 1960 N. Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92865

Tickets cost $50 VIP-$20 General Admission (online); $5 for pizza in the parking lot (cash donation)

VIP grants early entry at 11 a.m. to watch chefs work, tour of bakery and bread to take home; GA enters bakery at noon; ALL WHO PURCHASE ENTRY WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FOR THE WINNING TEAM!

Get your tickets here

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