The Swedes have given us Bjorn Borg, IKEA and now the ability to cook a Neopolitan pizza in under a minute.
Normally, a Neopolitan pizza takes 90 seconds to cook at around 840 degrees Fahrenheit. But Swedish industrial heating company Kanthal developed an experimental pizza oven that heats up to 1650 degrees F using eight electric heating elements in conjunction with a special metal alloy to cook pizza in less than half that time.
According to the Kanthal press announcement, the oven uses eight electromagnetic radiation heating elements and reflectors to evenly heat the pizza that the company says is neither soggy nor burnt.
The company made a video to show the oven in action. We normally wouldn’t post such promotional footage, but it’s pizza. And everyone loves pizza.
Between vending machine companies like Basil Street and API Tech, we’ve seen advancements in where pizza will soon be available (read: everywhere). But we haven’t seen as much innovation around how pizza gets cooked (though the Brava oven can cook pizza with light).
Kanthal’s press announcement doesn’t say whether the company plans to productize or commercialize the oven. It seems as more of an attention grabber (achievement unlocked!) to show off technological capabilities. Though who knows? If there’s enough attention around it (and money to be made), half-minute pizzas could become another cultural institution to come out of Sweden.