The record had not been surpassed for over a decade. Famous for liking to face complicated challenges, influencer Eric Decker, known on YouTube as “airrack”, teamed up with the well-known Pizza Hut brand. It took 6,193 kg of dough, 2,244 kg of sauce, 3,992 kg of cheese and 630,496 slices of pepperoni to make the record-breaking 1,200-square-foot pizza.
The event held in the United States was also a pretext for the brand to take advantage of relaunch the Big New Yorker, a larger-than-usual pizza with cheese and pepperoni, very popular in New York in the 90s and 2000s for having foldable slices.
Eric Decker and Pizza Hut organized the challenge at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, where The pizza began to be prepared on Wednesday, January 18th, and was only finished two days later.
Guinness World Records later confirmed the record reached by the unusual partnership.
According to the CEO of Pizza Hut, David Graves, in statements to the Reuters agency, the largest pizza in the world was not just to reach a new record. The more than 68,000 pieces that resulted were donated to food banks in Los Angeles, which distribute food to needy families.
The previous record for the largest pizza in the world had been achieved in 2012, by a group of Italian chefs who prepared a round pizza of more than 1,261 square meters, gluten free, and was baptized with the name Ottavia.
Eric Decker, who has previously met challenges deemed “impossible”like going on 100 dates in 24 hours or crossing the United States in a straight line, assumes that this was a wish he had 18 years ago. On Twitter, the influencer confesses how the idea came about: “When I was 8, I had a pizza party at a bowling alley and nobody showed up.”