The Art of Making 1000 Pizzas

During the last two days at work, I was given a small team to make 1000 pizzas for an upcoming sale at one of our other stores.  That’s a lot of pizzas for two days, and quite frankly, sometimes the pizza making teams aren’t quite as responsive as they should be.  But, we pulled it off, 1000 delicious cheese pizzas, and I’m going to let you into the secret of how this process works.

Day 1

Step 1: Wait for the pizza materials.  Wait some more.  Steal some wheels from the bakery and run away before anyone notices you’re taking them.  Wait a little longer.   Stare in awe at the new wrapper that will shortly be covered in melted cheese.

Step 2:  The pizza materials have arrived!

Step 3: Sauce, cheese, wrap, label.  Place in piles of 10 on the shippers and stack the shippers 13 high.  It’s the only way they’ll fit through the produce door.

  • In a perfect world, you would actually have one person for each task, but in the real world, you’ll usually only have three people.  If this is the case, the fastest worker should jump between two tasks, either cheesing and labeling, or, if they are quick enough, wrapping and labeling.  We only have one employee fast enough to wrap and label.

Step 4: Get put on display by a lady with a small child who wants to watch you make pizzas.  Get highly embarrassed, then decide it’s good practice for when you have to give autographs and strut your stuff.

Step 5: Get covered in pizza sauce.  If you’re not wearing enough sauce to have made an additional pizza with, you’re doing it wrong.

Step 6: Take a break.  Eat lunch.  Watch the birds.  Stretch your back that’s getting cramped because they won’t listen to your pleas for a higher table that you don’t have to hunch over to work at.

Step 7: Go back to work.  Smack your coworkers on the behind because they decided they weren’t going to work very hard without you around to supervise.

Step 8: Sauce, cheese, wrap, label.

Step 9: Clean up your mess.  If there’s enough cheese on the floor to have covered more than a single pizza, get someone else to clean it up for you.  By this point you should have reached at least 500 pizzas.

Day 2

Lather, rinse, repeat.  Cover steps 2-9 from day 1, and by the end of the day, or in this case about three hours, you should have the rest of the pizzas finished.  Congratulations!  You have now made 1000 pizzas!

While these pizzas were all plain for the purposes of the sale, personally my favorite pizza is a White Hawaiian.  What’s your favorite pizza?

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