It's the neverending debate: Does pineapple belong on pizza? Some pizza enthusiasts love it, while others hate it. Is it a sin to put pineapple on pizza? Thanks to Chef Gordon Ramsay, we may finally have an answer.
Iceland's president, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, has even gotten involved in the debate. Johannesson, who stated that he was fundamentally opposed to pineapple pizza, called for a ban on the food. Later, Johannesson clarified his ruling, stating, “I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza."
3. Jimmy Kimmel Weighs In
Jimmy Kimmel also tackled the pineapple pizza debate. In March, Kimmel highlighted the own debate before adding his own commentary: "Pineapples do not belong on pizza. I don't care where you're from. Any pizza with pineapple wasn't a good pizza."
4. Ramsay Weighs In
Ramsay, of course, had to weigh in on the debate. While hostingThe Nightly Show in April, Ramsay ordered pizzas live for the audience. When one audience member shouted out a request for a pineapple pizza, all bets were off.
Ramsay showed no hesitation in making his feelings known. He put his hand over the phone's mouthpiece, and looking straight into the crowd, Ramsay declared, "You don't put f*ckin pineapple on pizza." The chef has spoken!
Ramsay's Tweet generated plenty of debate, though. Pizza giant DiGiorno chimed in multiple times. The company replied to Ramsay with this photo, captioned with, "It does though...."
8. Ramsay: Pizza Critique
This isn't the first time that Ramsay has been critical of pizza. On his show, Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay evaluated a pizza served at Pantaleone's in Denver. "The dough is so thick, it's just like a loaf of bread," the chef commented of a thin crust pizza. He went on to call the pizza raw, stating "What a mess" and deeming the pizza "dreadful."
Ramsay's disparaging comments about pineapple pizza are being backed by other famous chefs. Serena Sarnataro, owner of the world-famous L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, stated, "To a Neapolitan, pineapple is just something you would never have. It’s just wrong, the combination of flavours. For us pizza is sacred, so it is weird to think you would put it on pizza. I first saw pineapple on a pizza on a school trip to England at 17.
We couldn’t believe it. It is something completely foreign to us — we would never do that. Everyone has got their own taste, but for me it is something that we would not approve of."
While Ramsay may have settled the issue of pineapple pizza for us - sorry, Hawaiian pizza lovers - there are some other bizarre pizza toppings out there that we wish he'd weigh in on. From eggs to canned tuna, these days you can get pizza with almost anything on it. Something tells us Ramsay wouldn't approve of many of these.
Yep, lobster pizza is a thing. If you happen to be at Steveston Pizza in Vancouver, you can order a lobster pizza. You'll have plenty of other odd choices, though, including a black Alaskan cod pizza, and even a Russian Osetra caviar pizza.
For something a bit different, give breakfast pizza a try. Boss Lady Pizza in Boulder, Colorado, offers a breakfast pizza complete with eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onions, pico de gallo, and salsa verde. It's unlike any other pizza out there.
If you're feeling truly adventurous, then there's one pizza that you must try. The Coat of Arms Pizza is available at Sydney's Australian Hotel. The pizza has half emu, half kangaroo meat. It's also topped with capsicum, cranberries, and bush tomato. Would Ramsay approve? Who knows, but if you try this unusual pie, do let us know how it is.