A Whangaparāoa College student has been named Hell Pizza New Zealand’s youngest Pizza Chef.
Eden Peri, who turned 16 last month, started at the Whangaparāoa outlet cutting pizzas and assembling orders, but her knack for customer service saw her quickly promoted to team leader, quality assurance.
Store owner Joshna D’Souza says she was brilliant on the outlet’s busiest day, Friday the 13th, when the team processed 470 pizza orders in three hours. “Not a single complaint,” he says.
But it was when Eden began making pizzas that she impressed even more. “She made some of the best looking pizzas we had ever seen,” Joshna says.
“We promoted her to the ‘make’ position, which made her Hell’s youngest Pizza chef – at the time she was just 15,” Joshna says.
Eden says the position can be stressful, but she enjoys the variety of responsibilities. “Apart from cooking with mum at home, I wouldn’t say I was much of a cook before – but the new role has been really fun,” she says.
The company instigated a talent scouting and training programme last November.