The Oven Room at Lesaffre Pizza Innovation Center
Lesaffre Yeast Corporation has announced the opening of its new Pizza Innovation Center near Chicago. This one-of-a-kind facility will bring the latest technology, equipment, and expertise to Lesaffre’s baking customers in North America.

Launched in conjunction with the North America Pizza & Culinary Academy, the Pizza Innovation Center features a variety of the latest and best equipment. Among those is a range of pizza ovens covering many technologies and styles, several types of mixing and dough handling equipment, a state-of-the-art dough preparation room that can replicate any ‘real world’ climate, a commercial kitchen, an innovative kitchen instructional area, and more.

Leo Spizzirri and the Lesaffre Tech Team
“This new facility gives us more opportunity to innovate with key pizza clients who want to create new products, troubleshoot their process, or train their people” says Tom Benner, President and CEO of Lesaffre Yeast Corporation. “We are proud to work with such high caliber talent as Leo Spizzirri and the entire team at the Pizza & Culinary Academy”.

“I am thrilled to be working with a partner like Lesaffre, who brings top quality ingredients focused on the art of great pizza,” adds Leo Spizzirri. “They will bring their research and development team on site, and we can work at levels unrivaled in the industry. There’s a lot of expertise coming together here.”

The North American Pizza & Culinary Academy is the second official pizza school in the United States, certifying pizza chefs from around the globe.