Detroit Style - Toronto - Sept 17/18

10:00-3:00 Each Day


In this class, you will learn how to make one of America's most iconic pizzas. Detroit-style pizza is known for its thick, rectangular crust, crispy edges, and airy interior. It's usually topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, but you can add your favourite toppings to make it your own.

Detroit style pizza is an evolution of the Sicilian style style pizza that was developed, not surprisingly in Detroit. Pizza is baked in a small, deep, rectangular pan which helps shape the pizza and caramelize the cheese on the sides of the pan. The crust is thick, crisp, and chewy. The pans used to make traditional Sicilian pizza were not available in Detroit. However, thanks to the huge Automotive industry in Detroit, there were square blue steel pans available from automotive suppliers. These automotive drip collection pans were repurposed to bake the pizza, and in doing so, created a new pizza style unique to Detroit, that is a mixture of the heritage of Italy and Motor City. 


Our experienced chef will guide you through the process, from mixing the dough to assembling and baking the pizza. You'll learn about the different types of flour to use and the importance of letting the dough rest. You'll also learn about the best types of cheese and toppings to use for a Detroit style pizza.

During the class, you will learn how to make the pizza dough from scratch and the unique process of baking the pizza in a square pan. You will also learn how to make the signature crispy edges that Detroit-style pizza is known for.

At the end of the class, you'll have the opportunity to taste your own delicious Detroit-style pizza and take home the recipe so you can impress your family, friends and customers with your new pizza-making skills. Whether you're a pizza enthusiast or just looking for a fun cooking class, our Detroit style pizza class is perfect for anyone who loves delicious food and wants to try something different!

  • Choose the right type of flour for Detroit Style pizza
  • Make the typical Detroit Style dough
  • Portion, divide & round pizza dough.
  • Stretch the dough in the pan
  • Top the pizza with cheese Detroit style, and add new & trendy toppings.
  • Cook pizza using a deck oven and use pizza tools


Day 1
Time Topic Type
10:00-10:15 Introductions
10:15-11:00 Theory - Flour types, History of pizza style Lecture
11:00-11:45 Make the dough from scratch - Using the dough mixer Demonstration
11:45-12:30 Portioning, Shaping & Rounding the Dough Practical
12:30-1:00 Lunch Break - Pizza made by master instructor Demonstration
1:00-1:30 Sauce selection and ingredients Lecture
1:30-2:00 Hand stretching dough Practical
2:00-2:30 Launching and using the peel Practical
2:30-3:00 Pizza Demonstration - Examples from the instructor Demonstration

Day 2
Time Topic Type
10:00-10:30 Portioning Practical
10:30-11:00 Stretching/launching practice Practical
11:00-2:00 Build and bake pizzas Practical
2:00-2:45 Questions Practical
2:45-3:00 Certificate handout and photo Demonstration



Small Classes

Small class sizes ensure that every participant has opportunity to work with the instructor. Learn from their extensive knowledge not only on pizza making, but the pizza industry and working in or running a pizzaria.


Hands On

Over half of each class is dedicated to hands on experience. Learning how to use the equipment, divide and shape the dough, choose toppings and bake your pizzas!