LONDON, November 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
37 year old local woman Maria Tyrrell from High Wycombe, has won a national competition run by ITV1's flagship award-winning daytime TV show - This Morning, in conjunction with Domino's Pizza.
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The competition invited viewers to submit pizza topping ideas to create the People's Pizza, which will be on sale at Domino's next year. The tastiest pizza ideas were whittled down to just three by a panel of experts including This Morning's Phil Vickery, star of The Only Way is Essex, Mario Falcone and Domino's new product development chef, Chris Denoven. Maria Tyrrell was announced as the winner with her 'Chimi Chicken' pizza today [Thursday 29, 2012] in a public vote live on This Morning.
Featuring a combination of chicken in an Argentinean style chimichurri marinade with yellow and red peppers, Maria's Chimi Chicken pizza uses her family's very own authentic chimichurri sauce recipe.
Maria Tyrrell, winner of This Morning People's Pizza competition, said: "I am so overwhelmed, and absolutely thrilled! I'm so excited that my Mum and Dad's sauce is going on a pizza. Food is a massive part of my family - my grandmother was a cordon bleu chef and my parents and brother run an Argentine restaurant in Middlesex so I've always loved cooking and using my Argentinean heritage in recipes. When I saw this competition, I just had to enter."
Back in the studio, Phillip Schofield said; "Absolutely brilliant, well done! They were all brilliant and very tasty pizzas... So when the doorbell rings, it'll be our pizza!"
Holly Willoughby added; "Well done Maria! I would've been happy with any of them, but I did like that one I have to say - that was the one I thought was the nicest."
Simon Wallis, sales and marketing director for Domino's Pizza, said: "We are delighted to be supporting this competition on ITV's most iconic daytime TV show and look forward to launching the winning entry, the People's Pizza, in our stores next year."
To view the winning moment, click http://www.itv.com/thismorning/food/peoples-pizza-winner-reveal/. For information on This Morning, visit http://www.itv.com/thismorning. For more details on Domino's Pizza log onto http://www.dominos.co.uk.
Notes to Editors:
Domino's Pizza Group plc is the leading player in the fast-growing pizza delivery market and holds the exclusive master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino's Pizza stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. The first UK store opened in Luton in 1985 and the first Irish store opened in 1991. In April 2011, the Group acquired a majority stake in the exclusive master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino's Pizza stores in Germany. In September 2012, the Group acquired the master franchise for Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein and an option to open stores in Austria prior to the end of 2014.
As at 24 September 2012, there were 770 stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany and Switzerland. Of these, 597 stores are in England, 51 are in Scotland, 30 are in Wales, 20 are in Northern Ireland, one is on the Isle of Man, one is a mobile unit, 48 are in the Republic of Ireland, 10 are in Germany and 12 are in Switzerland.
Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is one of the world's leading pizza delivery brands. Through its primarily franchised system, Domino's Pizza operates a global network of more than 10,000 Domino's Pizza stores in 73 international markets. Domino's Pizza has a singular focus - the home delivery of pizza, freshly made to order with high quality ingredients.
Customers in the UK can order online at http://www.dominos.co.uk, in the Republic of Ireland at http://www.dominos.ie and in Germany at http://www.dominos.de. In addition, mobile customers can order by downloading Domino's free iPhone, iPad and Android apps.
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