Author Archives: John Gutekanst

You’re bacon me crazy

bacon potato pizza

The king of all pork products is tops in pizzerias   As my wife and I watched a competitive cooking show a few months back, one of the judges tasted a certain dish and said, “Chef, I loved your dish but you cheated.” “Uh, excuse me? I don’t understand?” stammered the red-faced chef as theMore »

The Crying Game

chipotle onion jam pizza

Onions provide myriad of flavors, options The most underrated and underused topping in every pizzeria is the onion. I feel very comfortable saying this because the flavor potential of this glorious root can be a bold, tear-jerking shout or a sublime succulent whisper. The onion is what the lead-off shortstop is to baseball: it showsMore »

Fresh Tomatoes — Selection, Preparation & Recipes

PIZZA EXPERT JOHN GUTEKANST OFFERS TIPS ON FRESH TOMATOES -- SELECTION, PREPARATION & RECIPES

My first lessons in the art of tomato fanaticism came from an Italian chef and restaurateur named Bimbo. He looked like a tall George Clooney and I was just 14 years old when he hired me to wash dishes at his restaurant in Palatine, Illinois. Because of my work ethic, the cooks called me “Weasel”More »

How well do you maintain your food costs?

John Gutekanst

The money captured from the sale of food is the epicenter of every restaurant’s monetary flow. From here, the flow starts as you pay off all expenses and are left with the reward of all your hard work. In 38 years in all sorts of restaurants, I’ve never had anyone tell me of a flawlessMore »

Ingredients: Linked in

The Cassolet, Sausage, Pizza, bacon, cannellini beans, white beans

If sausage is a top seller, why not maximize it?   In 2004, I competed in the Pizza Festiva Competition at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Needless to say, I didn’t win because Doug Ferriman of Crazy Dough’s in Boston steamrolled over all competitors that year with a killer pesto pizza. I wasMore »

Trending Recipe: How To Franken Sausage

Franken Sausage, Pizza, recipe, pepperoni, bacon

If you want to take it to the next level (and you’re gonna want to with this recipe) check out the best dang sausage you’ll ever taste combining fresh unseasoned bulk sausage with pre-cooked bacon crumbles, pepperoni and spices! Check out some out-of-the-box sausage pizza ideas. Franken Sausage 3 cups (or 29 ounces) of freshMore »

Sauce Trek II: The wrath of khream

pizzas, white truffle mushroom crema, aurora sauce, pizza toppings, recipe, pizza trends

Make an out-of-this-world sauce experience for your menu ‘The cook of any house of note always seats himself in a high arm chair to give his orders; he holds a long wooden spoon in his hand, with which he tastes the various sauces that are cooking on the stoves and which serves him also asMore »

Trending Recipe: Pepperoni gravy how to

pepperoni gravy, pizza, pepperoni, slice, banana peppers

One word describes this creamy sauce…AWESOME. Once your customers stop laughing at you and taste this sauce, they will be hooked in a sad, sick way because this sauce is the greatest! We do a nice “Pizz-biscuits and pepperoni gravy” with this sauce. Add mayo and chill for a fabulous dipping sauce. Pepperoni Gravy 1½More »

Coal Miners Pasta

Pasta carbonara

Carbonara sauce offers smoky, intense flavor Carbonara is what some folks consider the fusion of the holy trinity of taste. The pork, egg, cheese and pepper thicken like cooling lava around the pasta bringing a savory, fulfilling richness that begs for another bite…of heaven. Unfortunately, like many Italian recipes, it all depends on who youMore »

Satisfy sweet tooths with these dessert pizza ideas

cannibal pizza, dessert, pizza

Queen Elizabeth I was a down right sweets junkie. Her teeth became a gnarly shade of black, but because she was the queen, she started a trend. It was then that stained and blackened teeth were a status symbol of the time when sugar Scalp t high surgery plummeting hong kong pharmacy online lotion anythingMore »