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A slice of royalty

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 02:10

Apr 28 - Restaurant chain creates pizza in the likeness of Will and Kate. Cindy Martin reports.

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A slice of royalty, Italian style. A food artist near London has created a pizza in the likeness of Will and Kate. Prudence - who's culinary resume includes creating a sofa from chocolate and Barack Obama out of cheese - has been hired by pizza makers Papa John's. Using the takeaway chain's own ingredients, she painstakingly re-created what she believes is an image of the royal couple on their wedding day. The chain's Vice-President of UK and Europe Jack Swaysland says they wanted to take part in all the royal excitement the only way they know how. SOUNDBITE: Jack Swaysland, Vice President of UK And Europe for Papa John's, saying (English): "We may be good slapping pizzas and making pizzas that the public love but to create a work of art, and I think this is art, we have to work with a real expert." Prudence, who has a background in fine art, first drew an image of the couple on paper, then translated that with tomato sauce onto dough to create a template of Will and Kate. After filling in the tomato and white sauce, the ingredients were carefully placed on the pizza. An hour and a half later, the toppings gave way to an image of the royal couple. Prudence talked about her creation. SOUNDBITE: Prudence, Food Artist, saying (English): "Well I decided to use really bright, vibrant colours to make it really exciting. To start with, I've got Kate's hair which is really dark so I used black olives and even going for yellow pepper highlights. And for William, I've used some sausage for his hair, sliced sausage and even their faces are made of chicken, which have been painstakingly pressed onto the pizza base. And to finish it off I've even given them pepperoni flowers." The pizza costs a whopping 500 pounds, equivalent to 800 U.S. dollars, but Papa John's officials say the money will go to Will and Kate's charity. The pizza chain will be delivering free pizzas to royal fans in central London during the Royal Wedding on Friday (April 29) but there's no word whether Buckingham Palace have placed an order. Cindy Martin, Reuters

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A slice of royalty

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 02:10