Patent Number: 7,610,837

Title: Systems and methods for making a pizza pie having an outer cheese portion

Abstract: A system and/or method for making a pizza pie having an outer cheese portion comprises a cutting tool and/or a cutting guide to enable formation of at least one opening at an outer crust region of a pizza pie to cause an inner cheese portion embedded within the outer crust to flow through the at least one opening, thereby forming the outer cheese portion at the upper surface of the outer crust. A cutting tool of the system comprises a rotatable disc with notches in its cutting surface to enable formation of the at least one opening in the outer crust. A cutting guide of the system comprises a generally disc shaped member with a support surface at its outer edge for supporting and guiding application of a cutting device against an outer crust region of a pizza dough.

Inventors: Craig; Todd W. (Frisco, TX), Graham; Peter G. (Lucas, TX), Nguyen; Jennifer T. (Grand Prairie, TX)

Assignee: Pizza Hut, Inc.

International Classification: A21C 11/12 (20060101); A21C 11/00 (20060101); A21D 13/00 (20060101); B26B 19/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017