The Weber® Original™ Charcoal Pizza Oven was officially launched in London on April 16th with its own red carpet premier. Four celebrity chefs battled it out to create and bake the best pizza. Fergus Henderson, Giorgio Locatelli, Valentine Warner and Tom Herbert (Fabulous Baker Brothers) each cooked their signature pizza for over 100 guests at Rochelle Canteen, London, which included Dan Chadwick, Nigel Barden, Damien Hirst and Lily Cooper (Allen) to name but a few.
Giorgio Locatelli was crowned ‘Godfather’ of pizza by the judges after creating his gourmet masterpiece consisting of anchovies, lardo, garlic, olives, chilli, capers and oregano, with a smattering of rocket.
John Cooper, Vice President, Weber® North West Europe said: “The launch of the Original™ Charcoal Pizza Oven is another milestone in the fascinating Weber story which started when George Stephen built the first Weber barbecue back in 1952. He had one goal in mind: to cook truly excellent outdoor food, whatever the weather, and that goal is still driving Weber to innovate, inspire and push the boundaries of barbecuing.”
The Original™ Charcoal Pizza Oven was designed in collaboration with the installation artist, product designer, and prodigiously talented Dan Chadwick. Dan has spent many years trying to engineer an oven which cooks the perfect pizza, just like those from a genuine Italian pizzeria. The original development team consisted of: Dan Chadwick, Guy Adams – “thermal wizard” and Alex James – bass player with Blur and respected artisan foodie, before John Cooper got involved and worked with Dan to create the final product now on sale.
The Original™ Charcoal Pizza Oven is for use with Weber’s 57cm charcoal barbecues and will produce perfect pizza every time – quickly and with very little fuss. The Original™ Charcoal Pizza Oven consists of a porcelain-enamelled hood and main body, a cordierite pizza stone, and at the base of the oven is Dan Chadwick’s patented design for heat transfer.