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Man from Swinderby flew from Newark to compete in a world pizza competition in Paestum, South of Italy and came back with a trophy





A chef left Swinderby for Paestum, southern Italy, to return home as a pizza-making champion.

Antonio Carlos Garcia, originally from Alicante, Spain, has lived in Swinderby for 14 years and, for a decade has worked in restaurants.

He has his own catering company — Pizza San Carlo ­— which has provided for some big-name clients and also a consultancy and training company — Pizza Consultancy Antonio.

Antonio Carlos Garcia at the pizza competition in Paestum, Italy (60963585)
Antonio Carlos Garcia at the pizza competition in Paestum, Italy (60963585)

“I have a great passion for pizza and have worked in Italian restaurants for many years, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Antonio.

“I went last year to have a look and see how the competition was and if I could compete against all the pizza chefs.

“I said yes, that I just needed to prepare myself and this year, I just booked the flight and went.”

The competition in Paestum lasted for three days and had different categories, including pizza classica, and pizza napolitana.

Antonio Carlos Garcia pizzas at a woodfire oven (60963591)
Antonio Carlos Garcia pizzas at a woodfire oven (60963591)

There were around 500 competitors, each category with around 150/180 people in them.

In each category there were two winners, an Italian national and a foreigner.

He said: “It is an award but doesn’t mean you’re the world champion.

“You are the winner of everyone who came from all around the world in a certain category.

“It’s like music, you can have the Grammys, the MTV award, but there are different categories to it.”

Antonio Carlos Garcia showing the tomatoes he uses in his pizzas (60963600)
Antonio Carlos Garcia showing the tomatoes he uses in his pizzas (60963600)
Antonio Carlos Garcia pizzas made at a woodfire oven (60963594)
Antonio Carlos Garcia pizzas made at a woodfire oven (60963594)

Antonio brought home the Pizza Champion of the Pizza DOC — best international pizza maker — in the World 2022 trophy.

“For me was a big achievement, he said.

“I have a massive massive passion about pizza it was really rewarding.

“People think it’s really simple to make a pizza.

Antonio Carlos Garcia with his Pizza Champion of the Pizza Doc in the World 2022 trophy at the pizza competition in Paestum, Italy (60963588)
Antonio Carlos Garcia with his Pizza Champion of the Pizza Doc in the World 2022 trophy at the pizza competition in Paestum, Italy (60963588)

“But there are a lot of factors that make the difference between a pizza that is nice to a pizza that is excellent.

“I always hear the same — ‘oh man these pizzas are unreal, they are amazing’.

“It is so good to hear all this positive feedback.”



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