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Turning out pizzas for 23 years!
Someone once called pizza “the circle of life.” That might be a good description for something that 94% of Americans eat regularly. According to Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe, Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or 350 slices per second. Over five billion pizzas are sold worldwide each year, with thin-crusted pizza being the most requested kind. Most Americans order pizza on Saturday night.
Over two decades of making pizza!
Chris White knows a thing or two about pizza. You see, Chris White has been making pizza for the past 23 years, and he’s good at it, so good that he has earned the title of “Thomasville’s Pizza Man!” He’s the undisputed champion of all that’s pizza, and longtime residents know that wherever Chris White is cooking, the pizza is going to be good.
When Chris graduated from Thomasville High School in 1993, he already had a job at McDonald’s. Soon thereafter, he went to work at one of the most popular eateries in Thomasville: Pizza Inn, known for having good pizzas. However, it didn’t take long before everyone was raving about Chris’s dessert pizzas, especially his chocolate chip delight. Customers drove from far and wide just to get Chris’s incredible chocolate pizza.
“People would tell me that they had come just for that pizza,” he laughed.
Chocolate chip a favorite of many
“They thought I had invented it, but it was really a Pizza Inn specialty. Still, they would always tell me how much they enjoyed MY chocolate chip pizza.”
When Pizza Inn closed, Chris worked at other food service businesses around Thomasville. First, he cooked at Pizza Pro. Here, customers recognized him as that “Pizza Man.” He took his specialty chocolate chip pizza with him, and customers raved about it once again.
After that, Chris worked at SJ’s Pizza, Bones, 3 Guys Pies, Gaston’s Grill and now Jenny’s Pizzeria.
No matter where he landed, good pizza was always attached to his name.
Chris White learned to cook from watching his mother and grandmother. “I just always liked to cook,” he said, “so I watched them and learned a lot.”
One of the joys of all his jobs has been the people he meets every day. Although Chris is humble and speaks quietly, he has a ready smile, especially when customers compliment him.
“I like to meet new people,” he said. “Out in the public, people are friendly, and they make me feel good when they tell me they enjoy my pizza.”
At Jenny’s Pizzeria, Chris has especially loved his work and felt at home. “It’s like a family here,” he stated. “Everybody helps you, and I like going to work every day.”
Most of the customers at Jenny’s recognize Chris as Thomasville’s Pizza Man. They also recognize his specialty, that famous chocolate chip pizza. They check the buffet often to make sure it’s there.
“It’s the most popular dessert pizza on the buffet,” he said. “A lot of people request it, so I make a lot of them. All of us try hard to keep it out there.”
When Chris started working at Jenny’s, he brought his own chocolate chip pizza recipe with him.
“We add chocolate chips, and then some chocolate sauce,” he explained. “That’s what makes it so moist and delicious.” Even with other dessert favorites being offered, the chocolate chip is still the favorite one at Jenny’s Pizzeria.
Chris said he also likes to make the Bacon Ranch Pizza. Chris adds Alfredo sauce to the crust before topping it with baked chicken, cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing.
“Everybody loves this one, too,” he smiled. “I make a lot of these every day.”
Loves what he does
White says he loves what he’s doing and he loves going to work every day. He especially enjoys the environment and support he gets at Jenny’s Pizzeria.
Chris White has one son. He is a lifelong resident of Thomasville and attends the Church of God in Christ.
“I want to stay in the foodservice industry,” he said. “I’ve been doing it all my life, so why quit now?
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