Possibly the least-traditional interpretation of pizza imaginable has helped land a Frenchman the top prize at the Pizza World Championships held in Parma, Italy over the weekend. Frenchman Ludovic Bicchierai's bouillabaisse-inspired pie took top honors at the 25th annual competition, for which he won a pizza gong and 1,000 kilograms of free flour (to make more bouillabaisse pizzas, presumably).
"This is the second time I've taken part in the competition, but this year I thought I'd use the traditional French fish soup as my inspiration," Bicchierai told French news site The Local.
The pizza — which was topped with tomatoes, bream carpaccio, mozzarella, courgette flowers, prawns, and Tabasco sauce — was the latest in thoroughly French takes on classic Italian dishes. Earlier this month, a French cooking video offering a very nontraditional take on pasta carbonara (complete with crème fraîche and onion) was met with outrage from Italians.
As untraditional as it may be, seafood stew is hardly the worst thing to happen to pizza in recent years. Pizza Hut has famously stuffed a multitude of things into the crusts of its pizza, including cheeseburgers, Marmite, and hot dogs.