Local Media Personalities Compete in Charity Cooking Competition at TREVI Italian Restaurant

Local Media Personalities Compete in Charity Cooking Competition at TREVI Italian Restaurant
In honor of National Pizza Week, TREVI Italian Restaurant, located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars, hosted a pizza cook-off Wednesday afternoon featuring local news personalities competing for charity (Pictured: John Huck and Olivia Fierro with TREVI Executive Chef Peter Scaturro – Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo)

Doug Elfman with his winning pizza
Doug Elfman with his winning pizza

Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo.

Competing chefs included John Huck and Olivia Fierro of FOX 5 KVVU, Jessica Janner of ABC 13 KTNV, Kim Wagner of NBC 3 KSNV and Doug Elfman of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Each participant worked with TREVI Executive Chef Peter Scaturro to create a pizza using individually-selected ingredients.

Judges Sean E. Cooper, Brittany McGowan and Chef Jose Navarro taste competitor’s pizza
Judges Sean E. Cooper, Brittany McGowan and Chef Jose Navarro taste competitor’s pizza

Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo.

The pizzas were judged on taste, creativity and presentation by a panel of guest judges including: recently-crowned Miss Nevada USA 2015 Brittany McGowan; Sean E. Cooper and the cast of FANTASY at Luxor; and Chef Jose Navarro of Grotto inside Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, owned by Landry’s Inc. The winner received $500, donated by Landry’s Inc., to a charity of choice.

Mariah of FANTASY at Luxor, Miss Nevada USA 2015 Brittany McGowan with Sean E. Cooper and Tracey of FANTASY
Mariah of FANTASY at Luxor, Miss Nevada USA 2015 Brittany McGowan with Sean E. Cooper and Tracey of FANTASY

Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo.

Elfman was crowned a unanimous champion with a pizza featuring portobello, oyster, button and shiitake mushrooms. The donation will benefit Poppy Foundation, a local cat shelter specializing in rescuing and helping cats and kittens with special needs or illness.

Back Row: Kim Wagner, Olivia Fierro, John Huck, Doug Elfman, Jessica Janner and Chef Peter Scatturo; Front Row: Sean E. Cooper, Brittany McGowan and Chef Jose Navarro
Back Row: Kim Wagner, Olivia Fierro, John Huck, Doug Elfman, Jessica Janner and Chef Peter Scatturo; Front Row: Sean E. Cooper, Brittany McGowan and Chef Jose Navarro

Photo credit: Jeff Ragazzo.

Huck and Fierro competed for Dress for Success of Southern Nevada and created a Hawaiian-style pie featuring goat cheese, mascarpone, pineapple, caramelized Maui-style onions and pancetta.

Janner’s charity of choice was the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Nevada. She created a pizza highlighting her Brazilian roots with salami, corn, ricotta cheese and cilantro.

Wagner cooked for Safe Nest Shelter and created her favorite flavor of pizza topped with pepperoni and black olives.

As the competition winner, Elfman’s pizza will be featured on TREVI’s menu for a week beginning Monday, Jan. 12, with the remaining pizzas included in weeks to follow.