After recently meeting Chef Joe Gatto, he invited me up to his test kitchen to make some pizzas with the Baking Steel. Chef Gatto is currently working on production of his soon to be released show, From Scratch. He sent me over a copy of the first episode and I can honestly say, I have no doubt that it is going to be huge. Seriously, I've never seen a cooking show like it. He literally does everything from scratch, going as far as milking the cow to churning his own butter. We had such a good time making pizzas that when he called me up and asked me to come back again, there was no way I could say no. Joe told me that Kenji Lopez-Alt, Culinary Director of Serious Eats, was going to be there and that they would be shooting a piece for the show. He told me to make some dough, bring my Baking Steel and to get ready for a good time.
It was a blast. First off, listening to Kenji always amazes me. He is brilliant but somehow makes it all sound so simple. Kenji and Joe filmed a piece on homemade sausage and then the three of us started cranking out some pies. At first, I was a little intimidated having Kenji work with the dough I made, its not every day that you're making pizzas with a James Beard Award nominee but I was put to ease once he gave me the the thumbs up. I don't want to give away too many details, as you will have to wait and watch once From Scratch is released... but wow, hands down the best pizza I've had in a long time. The way the sausage cooked on the pies was amazing.