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PixelRain creative director, Grant Batty, has been crowned the UK’s Best Home Pizza Chef 2024.

The competition, hosted by firewood brand, Love Logs, had nearly 400 entries via social media, with five finalists chosen via public vote to compete against last year’s winner, in the live final held in Gloucestershire.

The competition spanned two days. On Saturday, the finalists prepared their dough, while Sunday saw the intense final cook-off. Each contestant had 20 minutes to cook two pizzas: a classic Neapolitan Margherita and their signature ‘Doughstopper’ for the panel which included the 2021 Bake-Off winner Giuseppe Dell’Anno and Italian restauranteur, Jack La Smorfia.

Batty’s Margherita featured locally and sustainably sourced ingredients, including basil grown by his eight-year-old son, Cornish sea salt, British flour, and Mozzarella from Somerset.

His ‘Doughstopper’ pizza showcased harissa chicken, sweet peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and a unique sourdough crumb topping.

“Reaching the final was a dream come true, and competing alongside such talented home pizza chefs was an honour,” said Batty. “When I was announced as the winner, I was in absolute shock. It felt surreal to have my passion for pizza recognised on such a grand stage.”