FINDLAY -- No one in the world makes more pizzas than Brian Edler. At least not officially.
Edler made 206 medium cheese pizzas in one hour Thursday morning at his Domino's Pizza franchise in Findlay, apparently breaking a Guinness World Record of 168 pizzas set in July by Bob Blumer, host of Food Network's Glutton for Punishment.
Edler quickly stretched and flattened preformed balls of dough, ladled sauce onto them using his signature "Flyin' Brian spoodle," shoveled fistfuls of cheese onto the pies, and popped them into the ovens two at a time.
Friends, family, and Domino's colleagues cheered him on during the challenge. A staff member in the kitchen urged Edler, red-faced and sweating from making pie after pie, to push through to the end. "Go, go, go! Cheese it!" she yelled after he had made nearly 130 pizzas.
The feat was captured by multiple cameras, and at least two videos of the event will be sent to the Guinness offices in London for official confirmation of his pending pizza-making record. The keeper of such world records is expected to decide in the next few weeks whether to approve the designation.
Edler said he wanted to make the pizzas in honor of Domino's 50th anniversary, which was Thursday. Proceeds from his pizza sales Thursday were donated to the United Way of Hancock County and the City Mission of Findlay, with a goal of raising $50,000 for the organizations. Several pizzas were sold at an auction Thursday morning, with the record-breaking 169th pizza fetching $475 and the final pizza $5,000.
Edler is no stranger to pizza-making as a sport. He competed several times with the U.S. Pizza Team at the World Pizza Championship in Italy and has won the title of fastest pizza maker at several national and international competitions.
He also owns Domino's franchises in Perrysburg, Defiance and Kenton.
Edler said he trained for at least three months to build endurance for the event, including using an elliptical trainer, going for long walks and lifting weights. He lost 40 pounds in the process.
Nancy Edler, Edler's mother, supported him from the crowd, saying that his rigorous training regime seemed to pay off. "He's prepared himself really well," she said as she watched her son frantically assembling pizzas.
Findlay Mayor Pete Sehnert, Findlay police Sgt. Robert Ring and Hancock County Commissioner Edward Ingold judged the pizzas coming out of the ovens, ensuring they met standards for size and completeness.