It took Segundo 25 minutes and 16 seconds (which bested the time of last year's winner, Elizabeth Cruz, who works alongside Segundo, by 13 seconds) to stretch, sauce and bake a full buffet of CiCi's pizzas. Unfortunately for her, the Crystal Pizza Cutter was awarded to Houston's Florinda Albarron, who cracked the 24-minute mark with a time of 23 minutes, 28 seconds (CiCi's sent over a video of the competition for those who can't picture its buffet).
Albarron is the Roger Bannister of pizza making, taking home $2,500, a trip to Universal Studios for her victory, and her mug on the side of a distribution truck for the company. Segundo was awarded $1,500 and a Blu-Ray disc player. At over $3,900 per hour, I'm guessing that beats her take-home pay from a shift at CiCi's.
The pizza franchise opened its first restaurant 27 years ago in nearby Plano, Texas. The chain has an estimated 600 restaurants in 35 states. It's known for its endless pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffets. Sometimes those items are one and the same, such as with CiCi's apple dessert pizza.