Entrepreneurship Restaurants

Gozney Offers Free Outdoor Oven to Out of Work Pizza Chefs

Photo: Rich Webley for Gozney

Life has a tendency to queue the positive up to follow the negative. Reduced to take out and delivery, the coronavirus has dealt the restaurant industry a massive blow. The future is uncertain for small businesses and there’s industry-wide job loss. Thankfully, uncertainty breeds inventiveness and the way the world has responded to COVID-19 has been nothing short of inventive. 

In such an example, UK-based oven maker Gozney, known for the Gozney Roccbox outdoor portable pizza oven, has just announced that they will be offering free ovens to out-of-work chefs.

Launched in 2016, the Gozney Rocbox is widely recognized as the #1 outdoor portable pizza oven. Using the same professional design and materials, it’s the world’s first restaurant-grade outdoor oven, reaching temperatures of a fiery 950°F/500°C. With just the Gozney Roccbox, a smartphone, and social media, you’ll essentially be able to transform your home into the neighborhood’s new go-to pizza spot. 

Gozney wanted to give out-of-work chefs the opportunity to still earn money doing what they love, while feeding a world full of hungry quarantiners. How it works is, if you’re a chef that’s interested, you can apply here. Successful submissions will receive a Gozney Roccbox free of charge, along with an affiliate link which tracks your sales. For every sale received within 60 days from visitors through your social media, you earn 10% commission. 

Ironically, yearning for some semblance of our previous normalcy has given way to what may be new norms. Delivery apps are helping restaurants from going under and us from homemade-induced cabin fever.

Maybe a few free Gozney Roccbox’s will help save a number of talented chefs. The new initiative is only available to chefs within the US & UK in limited locations.

Photo: Rich Webley for Gozney

7 Reasons Why Your Oven May Not Be Baking Foods Evenly

Photo: Saute Magazine

Are your pies, cookies and cakes baking unevenly and you’re wondering if it’s you or the oven? An easy test is to get canned biscuits and bake them according to the directions. If they come out unevenly browned or burned in some areas, then you’re not at fault – your oven is! While it’s fairly simple to determine if your oven is baking unevenly, it can take a bit more work to find out why.

  1. Bake Element
    The bake element is the narrow metal tubing that sits near the bottom of your oven. If it doesn’t glow red when the oven is on, then the element isn’t heating. To see if the element is burned out, check for any visible damage like holes or blisters. You may also want to test it with a multimeter. If the baking element is damaged or doesn’t have any electrical continuity, then you’ll want to replace it.
  2. Igniter
    An igniter opens the gas valve and ignites the gas in your oven. A defective igniter will take longer to accomplish this, thus causing temperature issues. To determine if it is defective, turn on the oven and watch the igniter. If it glows for more than 90 seconds without igniting the gas flame, then it’s too weak to work correctly and will need to be replaced. You can also test the igniter’s electrical continuity with a multimeter.
  3. Broil Element
    The broil element looks similar to the bake element, but you’ll find it on the top of your oven. As with the bake element, the broiler element will glow red if it’s heating properly. To see if the element is burned out, check for any visible damage like holes or blisters. You may also want to test it with a multimeter. If the broil element is damaged or doesn’t have any electrical continuity, then you’ll want to replace it.
  4. Temperature Sensor
    As its name suggests, the temperature sensor helps to regulate your oven’s temperature and is one of the more common causes of an oven not baking evenly. It looks like a prong sticking out from the back oven wall. If the sensor is out of calibration, your oven won’t bake evenly. You can test the temperature sensor using an ohm meter to test the resistance of the part.
  5. Oven Control Board
    An oven control board works with your oven’s sensor to control your oven’s temperature. If your sensor is operational, then the oven control board may not be reading the sensor resistance correctly. You may need to recalibrate your oven’s control board – check your owner’s manual for instructions. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to replace the oven control board.
  6. Convection Element
    In a convection oven, some models use a separate convection elementto help heat the air circulating inside of it. If the convection element is burned out, the oven won’t heat evenly. To see if it’s working, use a multimeter to test the element for continuity. If there’s no continuity, you’ll have to replace it.
  7. Convection Motor
    The convection motor is what drives the convection fan to circulate the air inside the oven. For a convection oven to heat evenly, the air must circulate. If the motor isn’t working, first see if it turns freely. You can also test its continuity using a multimeter. If it doesn’t turn freely or there’s no continuity, replace the motor.

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Article by Chris Zeisler for Sauté Magazine. Read the original article here

Fast Food Technology

Little Caesars Just Launched A Pizza Locker That Lets You Avoid Human Interaction

Photo courtesy of Little Caesars

Little Caesars Pizza is the one spot I go to whenever I want to put in the least amount of work to fulfill my pie cravings. The brand’s Hot-N-Ready menu makes it super convenient when I’m starving after work and just want to grab something quick before hopping back on the freeway home. The only minor inconvenience, during the afternoon rush, is that sometimes I’d have to wait in line — something the pizza chain now has an easy fix for.

In what they’re calling a first for the restaurant industry, Little Caesars just announced the national rollout of their Pizza Portal pickup. The Pizza Portal station is essentially a self-heated locker that lets customers roll through a location and pick up a mobile order without ever having to speak to anyone.

They’re pretty similar to Amazon lockers.

All you have to do is place your order through the mobile app, pick your store, and pay for it. Once you arrive, you can skip the counter and and enter either a 3-digit pin or scan a QR code directly into the station and the secured compartment will unlock, giving you access to your hot order.

If successful, the Pizza Portal pickup could skyrocket the convenience of Little Caesars pizza to a whole new level.

Piping food in hand, you’re pretty much in and out before traffic even begins to clear. That’s fine, though. Pizza tastes best when you’re in a parked car bumpin’ Josh Groban.

Fast Food

Domino’s Found A Way To Bake An Entire Pizza In 4 Minutes


Sure, ordering a pizza gets easier year after year. You can literally Tweet an emoji and a pizza will be sent right to your home. The only downside is the waiting game.

As easy as it is to order, you still have to wait at least 15-20 minutes for that pizza to be made. Even longer if you’re waiting for delivery. Now, Domino’s has found a way to get that pizza done much faster.

Mashable reports that the pizza company is developing an oven that will cook a pizza in only three minutes.

Called Project 3:10, the machine made its debut in Australia. While its initial prototype clocked the pizza-making process at 4 minutes and 10 seconds, it will continue to work out the bugs until they get that number down to 3.

The science behind it comes from “smart ovens” that add heat directly to the pizza at the right amount of time and speeds up the baking process.

A traditional Domino’s pizza takes 7 minutes and 15 seconds to cook.

Domino’s is also striving to get that 3-minute pizza delivered in 10 minutes once it’s ready.

What a time to be alive.

Products Technology

Panasonic Unveils New Countertop Induction Oven, And It’s Pretty Perfect

Using the oven can be a daunting and challenging thing, especially for people who never use them because they always eat out since their mother’s cooking tastes like boiled shoes despite the fact that you bought her Cooking For Dummies, which she obnoxiously insists she doesn’t need.

Well, Panasonic has just unveiled their newest innovative kitchen technology that we will soon be able to wield as a weapon against every bad cook out there, MOM.

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The new countertop induction oven packs all the technology and convenience of a fully functional oven into any nook or cranny in your kitchen that you can find. This pioneering appliance will require little to no pre-heating, has an easy-to-use interface for anyone not familiar with cooking, takes away from the traditional dangers of burners and will be very energy efficient.

For those who don’t know, induction heating uses electromagnetism to heat your food. This process causes the pan or tray to channel heat throughout it, making it a virtual cooker within an oven, rather than heating the food up through the outside going in. The lack of any gas or thermal igniters also makes it safer to use and more energy efficient.

With its sleek design and easy-to-use interface, this new miniature oven will be a clutch investment for people living in small apartments, or a place where ripping the conventional oven out of the wall might prove to be a bit difficult. Unfortunately, the countertop oven won’t be available until October of 2016.

Until then, it’s back to microwaving my cup of noodles. Unless, of course, a certain mother of mine whose name shall not be spoken decides to get her shit together in the kitchen.



Photo Credit: CNet, Slash Gear


Star Wars Oven Mitts Are PERFECT For Force-less Bakers Who Can’t Touch Hot Cookie Trays

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So the newest and final trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens dropped last night and it was AMAZING. Definitely got us in a Star Wars craze today at work. That’s where we found these delightful oven mitts.

Whether you’re a blue collar Stormtrooper or the Sith Lord himself, baking cookies can be tricky without the proper hand protection. Gotta keep the Empire fed somehow.

Online novelty retailer ThinkGeek is now selling two whimsical oven mitts based on the designs of Darth Vader’s glove as well as the glove of a Stormtrooper. The gloves are made from silicone and fits the right hand.

You can purchase them here for $15.



This Portable Extension Transforms Your Grill into a Pizza Oven


Home cooks who make pizza know that as hard as you may try, sometimes you just can’t nail that authentic wood-fire quality when making pizza from your humble kitchen. Good news, however, as there’s a nifty contraption that brings you pretty close to that crispy crust and fluffy, warm inside. Former Kickstarter project, the BakerStone Pizza Oven Box features a clever extension that essentially turns your gas grill into an outdoor pizza oven.


The design of the Pizza Oven Box allows the temperature from an outdoor grill to simulate that of an authentic wood-burning pizza oven. This is achieved through the combination of a stone baking chamber and an enameled steel housing. It creates an air flow system that boosts the heat around the cooking chamber, turning 450F up to 750F. Along with pepperoni pies, the box also bakes breads and cookies, cooks fish and roasts meat and vegetables.

The BakerStone Pizza Oven Box is available on Amazon for $127. A solid investment for the DIY pizza lover.


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