Media Release: Winning entries chosen for Mamma’s pizza cook-off


BLACK pudding and cactus are some of the unusual ingredients suggested by the winning three entrants – chosen yesterday – taking part in the Mamma’s pizza competition cook-off this Saturday.

Mamma’s Pizza and Panzerotti invited diners to create the most innovative pizza topping in celebration of the popular restaurant’s 25 successful years in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.

Jayne-Leigh Thomas and Simon Larner, from Edinburgh, and David Waugh, who lives in Fife, beat stiff competition with their creative pizza topping suggestions.

Jayne-Leigh’s ‘All American’ pizza includes cactus, artichoke, proscuitto, garlic and fried egg; Simon’s ‘The BER’ features black pudding, poached egg and rocket, and David’s creation is topped with red onion marmalade, goat’s cheese and basil.

Mamma’s owners, Paul and Caitriona Duncan, have been delighted with the quality of the dozens of entries received.

Paul Duncan says: “We were so impressed with some of the suggestions that it was very difficult for us to narrow it down to just three entrants but we are happy with our final choice and really excited about deciding on the winning pizza on Saturday.”

The winning three entrants will cook their pizzas in Mamma’s kitchen at 10am this Saturday 29 January in an exciting Pizza Cook-off, before a panel of expert judges decides on the favourite topping.

The winning topping will be used on a special pizza named after its creator and featuring on the Mamma’s menu throughout summer 2011.

The winner will also enjoy free pizza free for a year* and a complimentary table for four at the Mamma’s 25th anniversary party, where the winner will be announced, next Tuesday 1 February (6pm).

Originally opened in 1985 by two Canadian born actors, Angus MacInnes and Phil Craig, Mamma’s was taken over by the current owners, Paul and Caitriona Duncan, in 2003.

Angus MacInnes is best known for playing the Gold Leader in the fourth Star Wars movie, as well as starring in BBC Scotland’s weekly drama River City, and is one of the pizza competition judges.


Notes to editors  

Members of the media are invited to attend this Saturday’s Pizza Cook-off, after which the winner and judges will be available for pictures/interview (approx 11am). Contact Samantha McKay Challen, details below, to arrange.

For further media information please contact Samantha McKay Challen or Fiona Vernon at Niche Works on 0131 669 0333 or email: /

*Competition prize: free pizza for one year based on one 9” pizza per week, every week of the year. 25% of every winning pizza sold will go to a local children’s charity.

Company History

Mamma’s was opened in 1985 by two Canadian born actors Angus MacInnes, and Phil Craig. Angus MacInnes is best known for playing the Gold Leader in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). Other roles included: Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Hellboy (2004) and The Black Dahlia (2006). The business was first sold to the then floor managers in 1992 and re-sold to the then Operations Manager Paul Duncan and his wife Caitriona in 2003.

Achievements / Accolades

  • Best Independent Pizzeria UK Award 1999-2000 – Pizza and Pasta Association
  • First pizzeria in the UK to serve gluten-free pizza, offer on-line ordering, deliver alcohol, and to serve delicious fillet steak and salmon baked ‘on the stone’

Menus, images, interviews and biographies on the owners are available on request.

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