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Papa John’s breaks world record for most people tossing pizza dough

Written by Josh Russell on Thursday, 02 July 2015. Posted in Franchise

To celebrate the opening of its 300th store, Papa John’s brought together 338 staff members to smash Guinness World Record for the largest number of people throwing pizza bases

Papa John’s breaks world record for most people tossing pizza dough

We’d all like to be considered the best in the world at something. But whilst for most of us this is little more than a pipe dream, Papa John’s can now say it is a truly record-breaking pizza franchise. Not content with being the world’s third largest pizza delivery chain, it marked the opening of its 300th UK store in Wimbledon by setting a new Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously tossing pizza dough.

Descending on Potters Field Park, near London’s Tower Bridge, 338 Papa John’s employees came together to fling about some water and flour in a bid to break the Guinness World Record. Led by John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's, the pizza pros smashed the previous record held by Istituto Nazionale della Pizza, which saw 278 people pitching pizza bases in Naples, Italy.

For the attempt to be a true record breaker, it had to take place in one location, participants needed to toss their dough for at least a minute and, by the end, have a base of at least 30.5cm in diameter. As it turned out, the Papa John’s team had no difficulties in setting a brand new world record. “It was a fantastic effort and achievement by everyone involved. I congratulate them all on their Guinness World Records success!” said Justine Tommey, the Guinness World Records adjudicator who was responsible for overseeing the event.

Schnatter added: “Today has been a fantastic way to showcase the passion we have at Papa John’s for pizza and to demonstrate how much skill goes into making pizzas. I am delighted that we have broken the record today – a great way to begin our 300th store opening celebrations in Wimbledon.”

It's safe to say Papa John's employees really earned their crust with this day's work. 

About the Author

Josh Russell

Josh Russell

When he isn’t tooling around on trains in a tux like the Daniel Craig of the Greater Anglia transport system, Russell spends his time living the glamourous life of an enterprise journalist, judging Digital Business of the Year at the National Business Awards and attending conferences like NixonMcInnes’ Meaning 2013. However, like all good secret agents, Russell lives a double life – in his case, as a closet revolutionary. Social enterprise, sustainable business and collaborative practices are his true passions, something that he has had plenty of opportunity to air in his features here at Elite Franchise.

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