FORT HOOD — Little Miss Five Hills Braelyn Liles has never chosen anything but cheese — and only cheese — on her pizza. Yet, Braelyn, 5, grabbed a handful of bacon and plopped it in the middle of her pizza and topped it off with a handful of spinach. She got out of her comfort zone as she and Miss Five Hills titleholders became pizzaiolos at Domino’s on Fort Hood.
“Braelyn is such a picky eater and watching her pile on all kinds of ingredients was shocking to me. Much to my surprise, she actually ate it and enjoyed it,” said Christy Liles, Braelyn’s mother. “She absolutely loved every second of it and you could tell she felt so grown up doing it. Thanks to Domino’s for this because she rarely eats meat and now maybe she will be more open to meat options and trying new things.”
Teen Miss Five Hills Angelica Torres, 15, also took advantage of the opportunity to try something new.
“I personally tried new toppings that included bacon, pepperoni, along with onions, rather than my normal favorite plain cheese pizza,” Torres said. “It was delicious, and this might be my new favorite.”
Domino’s partners with the Miss Five Hills Scholarship Pageant each year to host the royalty for a private pizza party. Titleholders wear the official Domino’s aprons and get creative making their very own pizzas.
“I love all that we learn during our tour as well as making our pizzas,” Young Miss Five Hills Emily Kimball said. “It is a specific process and while it can be customized based on a person’s preferences, there really is a science to it.”
Titleholders toured the restaurant, starting with fresh ingredients being unloaded from the truck and placed into the cooler where temperatures hover around 38 degrees to ensure items do not freeze.
“Pizza is my favorite thing to eat. It was a treat for me to see how the pizza was made and getting to make my own pizza and watch it come out of the oven,” Junior Mister Five Hills Nathan Garner, 9, said. “The pizza tasted even better because I made it.”
Junior Miss Five Hills De’Ziyah Gilbert, 8, said it was very thoughtful of Domino’s to “do something so special” for the titleholders.
“This event was full of excitement for us little kids,” Gilbert said. “They took out time to show us their daily routines and how to make the perfect pizza for customers. They also said that good customer service is very important.”
District Manager Robert Bouvier said Domino’s is proud to support the Five Hills Royalty.
“These young leaders inspire and motivate our community everyday through their contributions,” Bouvier said. “We’re very honored to be involved with such an amazing organization.”
Five Hills Junior Ambassador Maddox Tobias, 5, loves pizza and looked forward to this event for weeks.
“I really loved getting to see everything and my favorite part, besides making the pizza, was getting to go inside the freezer because it is cold in there,” said. “On a scale of 1-10, I give Domino’s a 100.”