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We recently sat down with previous winner Will Seabrook.  Here’s what he had to say.

What is the story behind the Seabreeze pizza?

There was a poll on Facebook which had us voting either for hotdogs or pretzels, which put my name into a raffle. The Facebook raffle selected my name and I soon after received an email from a Pause Co-Coordinator, letting me know that I had won a pizza, and I was very excited. I then met up with The Pause to discuss our options — I like normal pizza, but I wanted something with a little taste of the Mediterranean, so I substituted sauce with olive oil and threw some salt in. In short, they thought it sounded like the sea breeze, kind of like the ocean.

That is how it all started, and it was relatively popular! I even have a poster of it which I brought home. It is displayed in my room — my parents event wanted to frame it. Although I am involved with Student Government as the Executive Assistant, Mock Trial, and KSTO Radio, I add can add that I made a pizza! That is the fact that my family always refers back to. I really think that it is something cool.

What impact has your pizza experience had on campus?

With a last name of Seabrook, a lot of people will associate either my name with the pizza, or the name of my pizza with me. It has tied the pizza to a person, meaning that students can have an impact on The Pause. It demonstrates a much deeper democratic root of “food democracy” — or something like that! I think that it is cool to have that association. Someone will ask what my name is, and I’ll say that my name is Seabrook. They’ll respond with, “Oh, like the pizza, the Seabreeze.” It is a strange, but a nice connection to have.

Was it a family recipe?

Originally I wanted to have pepperoni, sausage, olives, and maybe sun-dried tomatoes. My mom always pushed vegetables on us. We ended up adding sausage and went with the olive oil to make something different. In terms of cooking, my mom always had on Rachael Ray and the Food Network on in the background. I guess you could say I have experience with cooking in this way, but I was certainly not a trained chef! A lot of people have enjoyed this pizza. Of course there were critics, but there always will be! I liked it, and so I believe that made it worth it.

What would the Seabreeze 2.0 consist of?

In terms of ingredients, I heard that the sun-dried tomatoes were too chewy. In terms of texture, it was too difficult to deal with. I really liked the olive oil base — we’ll keep that. Perhaps I would substitute the tomatoes and olives (they are a little salty) and throw in a few peppers which are less aggressive. It is up for debate — if you have suggestions, I’ll take them.

Any tips for our future pizza smiths?

It’s funny because I never considered myself a “pizza maker”, it really is something that fell onto my lap. I always say that in all circumstances, you have to listen to your heart. It will call you, guide you, and finally your brain will let you know whether your recipe is right or not. So your heart will let you know whether or not you want to have pepperoni or a specific type of cheese on it, but your mind will tell you whether the taste it just right. Lead with your heart!

Would you encourage others to create their own pizzas?

Absolutely, I think it is a great opportunity for everyone — including The Pause. It is a way to share the knowledge that the Kitchen has with day-to-day students. It ultimately lets the general public know that The Pause is more than just a place for hosting dances. It really is a place to interact with students and a fun way to meet the kitchen workers. As the pizza creator, you are given the opportunity to meet the kitchen managers, and you end up with something that is yours. Finally, you are gifted name-recognition, if that is what you are looking for. Obviously that is not what I expected or had intentions for, rather, it just happened that way. But I would recommend it to everyone!

Thanks, Will. We appreciate your insight!