Outlook: Ohio University News & Information

Monday, June 1, 2015
Mamma mia!
International pizza competition had OHIO flavor  

Apr 21, 2009  

Forget marble, plaster or granite. For Ohio University Executive Chef Matt Rapposelli, dough is the preferred material when it comes to constructing a statue. 

At the World Pizza Championship in Salsomaggiore, Italy, earlier this month, Rapposelli, Petra Kralickova, director of exhibitions for the Ohio University School of Art galleries, and other team members from the United States faced off against competitors from across the globe and took home second place in the bread-sculpting category for their creation -- a 6-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty.

Team members worked nonstop to get the sculpture ready for the competition -- about 30 hours in all, Rapposelli said.

"We're very happy," he said. "It was our first time there, and we were competing with groups from Sicily who have been doing these sculptures for centuries," he said.

Normally, such sculptures are constructed out of salt dough, Rapposelli said, but the American team chose to use a mixture of buckwheat and rye flours mixed with glucose. He said that particular formulation made the structure firm, and allowed the team to do the sculpture in panels.

John Gutekanst, the owner of Avalanche Pizza in Athens and a fellow team member, recruited Rapposelli for the team. Members elected to build the Statue of Liberty as a nod to fact that they were, in a literal sense, new arrivals to the contest, he said.

As far as he knows, the structure is still sitting in the stadium in Italy where the competition was held. The team did not break it down to ship it back to the country, like other teams did with their sculptures.

View the sculpture and read about the competition here (following this link will take you outside of the university Web site).



Related Links
Ohio University bakery (scroll down to read Rapposelli's bio):  http://www.ohio.edu/bakery/about.cfm 
Ohio University School of Art galleries:  http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/art/galleries/  

Published: Apr 21, 2009 9:47 AM  

Team members carry the Statue of Liberty bread replica 
Team members Sean Brauser, Michael Shephard and Matt Rapposelli carry the Statue of Liberty bread sculpture during the competition.  

Petra Kralickova, Matt Rapposelli and Lady Liberty 
Petra Kralickova and Matt Rapposelli grabbed a photo with the bread sculpture of Lady Liberty. 

Photo(s) courtesy of Matt Rapposelli  

Share this story

Bookmark and Share

Email To:

A valid EMAIL TO address is required. You have entered an invalid email format.
Email From:

A valid EMAIL FROM address is required. You have entered an invalid email format.


 Top stories

Feb 4, 2003
Residence halls conserve and recycle
Feb 5, 2003
E Street to Late Night: An evening with Max Weinberg
Feb 17, 2003
Kenner Bush receives prestigious Founders Citation
Wilfred Konneker receives prestigious Founders Citation
Mar 5, 2003
The Local Girls to perform at Ohio University Lancaster Campus
Sep 2, 2003
Local artist Ora Anderson featured on WOUB's 'Afternoon Edition'

Sign up for emergency text messages.
Outlook welcomes your feedback, news items and story ideas
Share comments about the site
Submit an announcement
Share a faculty, staff or departmental achievement

Subscribe to the Outlook listserv

Tel: 740-593-1890    Fax: 740-593-1887   E-mail:
All Rights Reserved