Rob Hoff, a Domino’s Pizza area supervisor in southern New Mexico, placed 13th in the finals at Domino’s 2014 World’s Fastest Pizza Maker Competition in Las Vegas. (Courtesy Photo)
Thirteen turned out to be a lucky number for one Roswell man.
Rob Hoff placed 13th in the World’s Fastest Pizza Maker Competition in Las Vegas.
The competition was held on June 1 and hosted more than 5,000 different Domino’s pizza makers and franchises.
Hoff, 49, is the regional director of the Ruidoso store and this was his second time competing against his co-workers.
Each year, the competitors have to make three large pizzas. This year, they had to make one pepperoni, one mushroom and one cheese pizza. Hoff made all three pizzas in one minute and nine seconds, beating his time from the first time he competed in 2007 by 13 seconds.
The winner of the competition was Pali Grewal from the United Kingdom, who made his pizzas in just 32 seconds. Grewal improved his speed and beat his own record from 2012 by seven seconds.
“I don’t think I will compete again because I can’t hang with the young kids. I was the oldest competitor there,” Hoff said.
Hoff has been making pizza since he started working for Domino’s 20 years ago and loves the annual competition.
“I love the camaraderie,” he said. “I love my job (as regional director) because I love to see people grow.”