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Gozitan flies to New York with Pizza Hut 07/11/2003

Ms Lorraine Farrugia of San Lawrenz, Gozo, won the Pizza Topping competition, which was one of the major activities marking the 10th Anniversary of Pizza Hut in Malta.  Her “Gozo Delight” won her a fabulous prize consisting of two airfares to New York City, courtesy of Howards Travel and Lufthansa German Airlines.  Ms. Stefania Conte, Food Chain Business Manager and Mr Michael Gatt, Director of Howards Travel presented the prize to Ms Farrugia at Pizza Hut restaurant in St. Julians.

Ms Farrugia was one of the five finalists competing among hundreds of entries received.  In September 2003, customers were invited to submit a new pizza recipe with their personal choice of toppings and made with the Pizza Hut world-renowned crusts. 

The other four finalists were: Ms Victoria Agius, Mr Peter Galea, Ms Victoria Tabone and Ms Sonya Micallef. Each received a Feast for Four free meal worth Lm7.99 as well as a pen set commemorating the 10th Anniversary. Pizza Hut also gave away Lm5 vouchers redeemable at any Pizza Hut outlet, to the best 100 entries.

The five best pizzas were meticulously prepared and presented before a panel of judges.  Eleven journalists from the print media, T.V. and radio stations attended the judging session and voted for the best tasted pizza at Pizza Hut restaurant at Galleria Shopping Complex in Fgura.

Commenting on the finalists, Food Chain’s Business Manager, Ms. Stefania Conte said: It was quite difficult for the press to vote for the best pizza.  All five pizzas were created with completely different flavoured toppings.  The “Gozo Delight”, however, was immediately everybody’s favourite.”

The winning pizza, “Gozo Delight” is now the official 10th Anniversary Pizza and will be offered as the Christmas promotion from all Pizza Hut restaurants. The ingredients include goat’s cheese, Maltese sausages, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, black olives, capers and herbs on a deep pan crust. 

“At Pizza Hut we always provide great products and great experience for all our customers every time they visit us.  We are confident that the new “Gozo Delight” with a twist of Maltese flavour, will be a popular choice with both Maltese customers and foreign visitors,” said Ms. Conte

As part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations, Pizza Hut also looked into ways to raise funds for charities.  This innovative support was held in collaboration with four radio stations namely: Capital Radio, Radio 101, Super One Radio and Radio X.FM.  Each radio station promoted one particular Pizza Hut restaurant and ten cents from every purchased pizza went towards the station’s sponsored charitable institution.  The donations were presented to Dar Nazareth, the Ursuline Creche, Dar il-Kaptan and Dar tal-Providenza. 

Pizza Hut restaurants are located in Valletta, Sliema, St Julians and at Galleria Shopping Complex in Fgura.  The franchise is operated in Malta by Simonds Farsons Cisk plc through its subsidiary Food Chain Holdings.