2013 January: WPC ‘Pizza’ Patt Miller returns to Punxsy for Groundhog Day 2013

World Pizza Champion, Patt Miller will headline several performances in Punxsutawney over Groundhog weekend. Miller made his mark in Punxsutawney during Festival week in 2010.

During the 2013 Groundhog Day festivities, Miller and his colleagues will entertain crowds with their pizza acrobatic pizza throwing routine set to music. This routine incorporates tricks like across the shoulders, through the legs, two at a time and floor movements. Followed by a demonstration that brings audience members on stage to try and learn how to toss a pizza.

A highlight of their visit to Punxsutawney will be two special performances will occur at Gobbler’s Knob with Inner circle member Dave Gigliotti, Thunder Conductor. “I was very excited when I heard about the WPC coming to Punxsutawney to join us for the Groundhog Day Celebration. They are very entertaining are sure to put on a great show!” Katie Donald, Executive Director.

The World Pizza Champions have appeared on major networks across the globe. Miller himself has appeared on “America’s Got Talent”, at the World Pizza Games in Las Vegas “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show” & Telemundo.

Miller has been competitive pizza tossing since 2005. Miller now owns three pizzerias in Columbus, Ohio. He got his start when he was 15 years old at Dewey’s Pizza in Cincinnati where he first saw pizza-spinning. He was the youngest employee in the kitchen to toss, and soon became the best at Dewey’s Pizza. Since 2005 he’s competed in competitions around the world placing more than 10 times in different categories, including acrobatics, largest stretch , fastest pizza maker, and culinary.

Miller’s will feature pizzaiolos from his Columbus stores in his Punxsutawney shows. The group will be available for photo opportunities after the shows.

Official show times aat the Punxsutawney area Community Center are 9pm Friday February 1, 2013 and 9am February 2, 2013. Between shows they will be ‘tossing’ around town.

The World Pizza Champions was founded by Tony Gemignani, nine-time World pizza Champion. The Champions form an affiliation to promote their restaurants and skills and most importantly to ‘respect the craft.’ You can read about The World Pizza Champions at www.worldpizzachampions.com