PIZZA journal

Estafette!

Estafette in dutch means Relay Race…that modality in the Olympics where all these people are running( or swimming) like crazy and passing by the baton(kind of stick) from one to another…Is a collective individual race where as important as speed is the ability of giving away. What impressed me most is that not always the teams with the fastest players wins.

With every pizza party I have this same goal which I am dying to achieve…passing my Baton to a new pizza baker! Our parties are mostly participative, but just rolling the dough or mouting the pizzas doesn’t make you a pizza baker…you have to cook!

I have to say have’nt always achieved my goal… not everyone in the world that is as interested in wood ovens like me…but once in a while I meet my own folk:) Last time was at Bastiaan and Monique’s neighborhood party. They asked us for cooking in their communal garden, for them and their neighbors…I was skeptic about the weather but agreed cooking one last time this year for these amazing people! And there it happened…soon enough everyone was caring about this boy…he was coping with illnes but his will of being a Pizza Baker was bigger then his weakness…suddenly he became a Pizza Baker, claiming my pizza shovel and controlling the fire!

Like the “Estafette”, the art of cooking pizza does not rely just in the perfect pizza, but also in the idea of passing by this feeling of being part of something that really makes the difference! This ability requires one hard decision, stepping back and giving space for the other… And if you can do that…running like crazy becomes unnecessary for winning!

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