Les Petits Chefs make pizza from scratch with Massimo Bruno

Kids eating fresh from scratch pizza on eatlivetravelwrite.comMassimo Bruno is a bit of legend amongst the Petits Chefs alum – to the point where a bunch of them paused in their tracks the other day when they realised that Massimo was “in the house” and making pizza. I saw more than a few wistful looks from boys who are no longer in the club 😉  He’s come to work with the boys four times already – to make pizza, pasta, gnocchi and panzerotti – so I was wondering what on earth he would make with them this time around. I went back through my notes to see if any of the boys had been here the very first time Massimo came to the school to make pizza and since none of them had, I thought it was a great recipe to work with – my focus on this club is to show the boys that some of their favourite foods are easy to make (better versions of) at home and, well, who can resist a good pizza?

He demonstrated the easiest (and arguably the best) pizza – simple tomato sauce with mozzarella and a touch of Parmesan…

Massimo Bruno making pizza on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen the boys got to work…

kids kneading pizza dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids and pizza dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids making pizza with Massimo Bruno oneatlivetravelwrite.comMassimo brought some dough pre-made so the boys would have enough time to bake up their pizzas in our short time together. They love working with dough…

A few of them got busy with the toppings…

Kids cutting mozzarella on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen they topped their pizzas…

KIds learning how to make pizza with Massimo Bruno on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhile they were baking in the oven, the boys learned how to make the dough from scratch (also, some Italian as Massimo taught then “basta” – “enough” as he was instructing them how much flour to add… They were fascinated with both learning how to make the dough and the Italian words!

Massimo Bruno showing kids how to make pizza dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids adding flour to pizza dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comMassimo Bruno making pizza dough with kids on eativetravelwrite.comMassimo Bruno kneading pizza dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids feeling pizza dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comAfter that, things got a little busy – they boys each got a couple of balls of dough to work with so they could bring them home. They did a wonderful job rolling them into even-sized pieces and I could literally see them expanding as they left in little Ziploc bags!  A few of the boys made pizzas for their families that night – SO impressive!

I’m going to guess not many Petits Chefs parents saw this:

Massimo Bruno pizza on eatlivetravelwrite.com(those would be the finished pizzas that I am sure never made it home!)

We’re so grateful to chefs like Massimo for taking the time out of their busy schedules to come and work with the boys. They were already asking what he’d make next time 🙂 Thank you for showing them how easy a homemade pizza is and how much tastier they are too. We’re all about REAL FOOD!

Product of Italy appMassimo’s recently launched his very own app – Product of Italy!

The result of  years of learning about and cooking the dishes of Italian regional cuisine, the app is Massimo’s way of sharing tips and secrets he’s learned from many years working in restaurants, hosting his Supper Club and talking his way into the kitchens of Italian mammas and nonnas – all to help you easily make the most authentic italian food.

Massimo’s sharing recipes from his Italian Supper Club menus in regional packs to start with, with plans to continue adding new dishes and videos in the future.

One of my favourite parts of teaching the boys to cook is when their parents email me photos and videos of them cooking at home. I’m so pleased and proud to see them putting into practice what we’ve learned!  One mum even stopped me on my way home the other night to show me a quick video of her son working with Massimo’s pizza dough then raved about how great it tasted 🙂

The other night I was tickled pink to receive this:

Making chocolate Ravioli from Chef Dave Arseneau recipeThat’s right – remember the chocolate ravioli we made last week with Chef Dave Arseneau? One Petit Chef made the entire dish from scratch – pasta, filling and raspberry crème anglaise sauce – for his family. I think he did an amazing job, don’t you?



Let’s ALL get kids excited about food on May 16th 2014 – Food Revolution Day! Check out all the details on how you can participate here.




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4 thoughts on “Les Petits Chefs make pizza from scratch with Massimo Bruno”

  1. Mardi, you must be so proud of the Petit Chef who made the chocolate ravioli for his family.
    The presentation is gorgeous! I have nowhere near his skill.
    And it looks like they’re all having fun w Chef Massimo.
    I so enjoy these posts.
    Happy Friday Eve!

  2. Pizza is, of course, one of the food groups, right?
    LPCs all know this.
    Lovely post again & special congrats to the boy who made the choc ravioli at home.


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