Chattanooga Pizza Spinner Wins American Pizza Championship

Monday, October 14, 2013
Bradley Johnson
Bradley Johnson

Mellow Mushroom Chattanooga’s own pizza spinner, Bradley Johnson, is heading home victoriously after competing in the American Pizza Championship last week in Las Vegas. Not only has he reclaimed his spot on the U.S. Pizza Team, Mr. Johnson placed first in the freestyle competition, earning a spot on the U.S. Pizza Team, as well as an all expense paid trip to Parma, Italy to compete in the 2014 World Pizza Championships.  He also placed second in both the largest dough stretch competition and the fastest pie making competition.

In 2012 Mr. Johnson made the U.S. Pizza Team, finishing third in the nation, and competed for the first time at the World Pizza Championships in April. He has been on the team since April of 2011, as well as competed in competitions all around the country (including two in Orlando, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Parma) and now this one in Vegas.  He has won two silver and gold medals in the largest dough competition, three bronze in the fastest spinner competition, and two silver and gold in the acrobatics competition. 

Mr. Johnson is a Red Bank resident and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga accounting student, aside from being a decorated pizza spinner. Mr. Johnson credits his pizza spinning talents to his dad: “I got into pizza spinning by a challenge from my dad that I could never spin a pizza, competing just became natural with my drive to improve my skills that have delve loped over the years. Plus it has become a hobby that is really hard to get bored with when there is always something new to learn.”


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