Dallas Campbell on cooking and pizza
Broadcaster and writer shares his pizza secrets
Hello. I'm Dallas Campbell. I travel a lot for my work, which is not only fascinating, but it also means I get to try food from all over the world. Even more than loving eating food. I love cooking food. I love cooking food on my own. I love cooking food with friends and family. It's something that can be shared. It's something we can all take part in. And part of my love of cooking comes from the fact that it engages all your senses. It’s about the way it looks, the way it feels, the way it tastes, the way it smells. Absolutely everything. If I had to pick one favourite dish to cook, I would probably say, yes, it's cooking proper Napoli pizza. I love making pizza. I love the process of making the bread base because it involves flour and water and yeast. So you get that wonderful smell, but also it involves getting your hands dirty. It involves kneading the dough and pulling it apart. And it's that unctuous, moist, delicious, gooey experience that makes it so fun. You can also watch that yeast transform the dough itself as it rises and rises, and then you get to punch it back, which is very, very good. If you've had a difficult and stressful day after that, of course, after you make your pizza base, you can put the tomato sauce on top, the mozzarella cheese and whatever topping you decide. So it's very, very creative. After that, It goes into a blisteringly hot oven and then the aroma, the smell start to percolate out. There is something particularly delicious about pizza. I've never met anyone who doesn't like pizza. And I have to say without blowing my own trumpet, I reckon my pizzas it's up there. I don't think anyone's made pizza as good as me.