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A vegan pizzeria will be taking part in the World Pizza Championships for the first time this year.

Purezza, which has outlets in London’s Camden as well as Brighton, will be the first vegan operation to compete in the prestigious competition this week.

The World Pizza Championships – or Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza – has been running since 1991 and attracts more than 6,500 independent pizzerias from across the globe. Competitors have up to 12 minutes to prepare and cook their pizzas using pre-selected ingredients, before presenting it to the judges.

Vegan pizza

“I can’t wait to show the judges just how good vegan pizza can be,” Purezza’s Head Chef, Filippo Rosato, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

“Just to be able to compete and show off plant-based pizza at an event like this will have a huge impact on pizza culture not just in Italy but around the world – that’s how important the Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza is. I’ve been working on a special recipe to wow the judges for the past few months, and I’m really excited to see what they think.”

Purezza, which is hoping to pick up a prize at the event, was awarded National Pizza of the Year in the UK in 2018, for its Parmigiana Party pizza, and the PizzAward 2018 in Naples for Best International Pizza.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.