For those who love pizza — and let’s face it, who doesn’t? — prepare yourself for some  extremely tasty pies: One of our favourite Italian restaurants, Mercato, is hosting an epic pizza party this season, and you’re all invited to chow down on the feast. Featuring five of Hong Kong’s top chefs and five media personalities (including our very own Editor in Chief), “The Great Pizza Bake Off” pits chefs against critics in the ultimate showdown, with a total of 10 original pizza recipes starring on the menu from 21 August to 6 November.

The Great Pizza Bake Off
These top chefs and media personnels are going head-to-head in an epic pie-slinging competition. Not pictured: our globetrotting Editor in Chief, Michael Alan Connelly.

Each round will last two weeks and feature one chef and one member of the media, with their original recipes going head to head to see which one is more popular with customers. With all pizzas priced at HK$180–$300 — and made with an exciting mix of top produce and surprising ingredients — this is your chance to see what Hong Kong’s top chefs and food experts are made of.

The Great Pizza Bake Off
Chef Anthony Burd of Mercato and chef May Chow of Little Bao are primed to bring their pizza A-game.

All pizzas will be fired up in Mercato’s authentic wood-fired oven and feature the restaurant’s signature rustic, perfectly crispy and chewy pizza crust, completed with a variety of fresh, premium toppings. From Italian staples such as pancetta and Parmigiano-Reggiano to ingredients that hit closer to home (think salted duck-egg cream, char siu and pickled chilli), there are no limits to the creative flavours that will soon coming out of Mercato’s kitchen.

It’s all in the name of fun and games (and an excuse to gorge on carbs), but if you want to see your favourite chef or critic take the title of best pizzaiolo in town — naturally, we’ll be supporting Editor in Chief Michael Alan Connelly — make sure you get down to Mercato during the following dates:

21 August–4 September

Anthony Burd – Head Chef of Mercato Hong Kong
Hawaiian Pizza (Confit Pork Belly, Wood Oven Roasted Pineapple, Three cheese, Pickled Shallots and Herbs)


Tiffany Chan – Associate Editor of Crave Magazine
Salted Egg Carbonara Pizza (Pancetta, Parmigiano, Salted Duck Egg Cream)


5–19 September

Chris Grare – Executive Chef of Lily & Bloom
Buffalo Chicken Pizza (Gorgonzola, Pickled Celery, Duck Egg)


Janice Leung Hayes – Independent Food Writer and Social Entrepreneur
Char Siu & Egg Pizza (Red Onion, Hoisin Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Char Siu, Egg, Spring Onion, Oil)


20 September–4 October

May Chow – Owner & Executive Chef of Happy Paradise
Mapo Burrata Pizza (Mapo Ragout, Burrata, Sichuan Oil)


Michael Alan Connelly – Editor in Chief of Lifestyle Asia
Pepperoni & Spicy Honey Pizza (Pepperoni, Spicy Honey, Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, Pickled Chilli


5–19  October

Satoru Mugokawa – Owner / Executive Chef of Sushi Kuu
Mentaiko Mayo Seafood Pizza (Shrimp, Scallop, Squid, Cheddar, Tomato Sauce, Japanese Mayo, Nori Dried Seaweed, Ohba Leaf, Mentaiko Chili Cod Roe)


Wilson Fok – Dining Editor of Hong Kong Tatler Dining
Bacon Jam Pizza (Bacon Jam, Fior di Latte, Mushrooms, Cracked Egg)


23 October–6 November

Erik Idos – Owner and Executive Chef of Chino
Chorizo and Charred Pineapple Pizza (Chorizo, Charred Pineapple, Pickled Jalapeño, Chipotle Tomato Sauce and Cotija)


Andrew Dembina – Managing Editor of Prestige Hong Kong
New York Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel Classic Morphs into Italian Pizza (Smoked Salmon, Pecorino, Stracciatella, Capers & Arugula)


Mercato, 8/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3706 8567

Leslie Yeh
Editor in Chief
Having worked as a lifestyle editor for almost 10 years, Leslie is thrilled to be writing about the topic she loves most: wining and dining. When she's not out pounding the pavement for the latest new restaurant opening or tracking food trends, Leslie can be found at home whipping up a plate of rigatoni vodka and binge-watching Netflix with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.