Dough Chemistry101 with Resident Instructor Chef Sed

Event Date:

August 9, 2022

Event Time:

9:00 am

Event Location:

Pizza University & Culinary Arts Center

Dough Chemistry 101 

Course Description: This 1-day class will focus on making pizza dough and yield the proper results for various types of pizza. We will learn about the science behind pizza, seeing how chemicals like yeast affect flour, and how important hydration is for each specific style of pizza. The result of this class is to walk away with a quality product, and knowledge on how to write and execute a proper pizza recipe. We will also discuss the differences between wood-burning ovens versus your standard home oven.

Welcome and Introduction

1) Physical characteristics of different ingredients:

  • Flour, Water, Yeast, Salt, and Oil

2) Dough chemistry #101:

  • Hydration and Fermentation
  • Mixing the ingredients and chemical reactions
  • Temperature impact in dough making

3) Baker’s Percentage:

  • How to create a recipe

4) Compare Neapolitan, Detroit and New York pizza style:

  • Differences in dough formulations
  • Recipe development
  • Baking procedure

5) Dough mixing:

  • Cutting
  • Shaping the dough
  • Characteristics of different doughs made

4) Working with ovens

  • Bring the oven to the proper temperature and maintain it during baking
  • Proper Techniques in loading/unloading the oven
  • Turning techniques and simultaneous, multi-pizza management in the oven

Chef Sedrick Crawley

Chef Sed’s work as a culinary coach, author, mentor, and television personality on Good Morning Washington and The Food Network’s “Sweet Genius” has led him to build a wide network of clientele whom he loves to create one of a kind corporate team building and competitive events for. You may also see Chef Sed as the Head of Culinary Operations at the annual Metro Cooking DC for the last 4 years, where he works with the likes of Martha Stuart, Wolf Gang Puck, and Guy Fieri, just to name a few. He went from “perfecting greasy plates to plating Foie Gras” thanks to his culinary training at L’Academie de Cuisine, formally in Gaithersburg, Maryland. A born leader, Chef Sed later went on to become the director of the school’s Bethesda, MD campus.

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Event Location:

Total Seats: 15 (11 Left:)
  • Pizza University & Culinary Arts Center
  • 10310 Southard Dr
  • Beltsville
  • Maryland
  • United States

Class Schedule Details

  • August 9, 2022 9:00 am   -   5:00 pm
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