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An award-winning Dublin pizzeria has cooked up a gourmet recipe with an Irish twist in a bid to beat the world.

Fran Carroll, from the upmarket Bistro Bianconi in Ranelagh, is hoping to have mouths watering at the World Pizza Championships in Las Vegas next month.

Mr Carroll, whose Guinness & Oyster pizza was named Ireland's best pizza at last year's contest, gave the Herald an exclusive tasting of his new Jameson and Black pizza.

An unlikely combination of Jameson Whiskey, Clonakilty black pudding, Cashel blue cheese, bacon and apple are a far cry from traditional pizza topping. But the eclectic mix proves to be a truly delicious and surprising subtle formula.

"There is a mild aftertaste of whiskey. I came up with the idea a few months ago and it's been trial and error to perfect the blend," Fran said.

"The great thing about pizza is that you can put just about anything on it."



Acrobatics

He added: "Unfortunately it's too costly to include some of our competition pizzas on the menu but if we win we would love to have this combination on the menu.

He also revealed a member of his staff Dave Mulcahy was recently summoned to perform pizza dough acrobatics for Simon Cowell, on the new series of Britain's Got Talent.

"Unfortunately the judges didn't get to taste the pizza as it was just about tossing and working the dough," he said.

Dave, who also gave TV presenters Ant and Dec a lesson in dough acrobatics, added: "Simon was very unimpressed by what I was doing so I challenged him to have a go but he wouldn't."

Fran is hoping for better luck at the two-day pizza tournament in March. He is also entering an Irishised margarita, using Jameson dough base, a secret sauce and blend of cheeses in the traditional pizza division.

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