Chris Bianco Collaborates with Jamie Oliver on Union Jacks

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Celebrated cheese and sauce maestro Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix — already a household name amongst pizza obsessives and celebrities like Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray — is hedging his bets on upping his cobblestone street cred in London by partnering with celebrity chef and altruist Jamie Oliver.

Bianco joins Oliver’s successful mini-chain of Union Jacks restaurants, which features the pizza man’s doughy rounds topped with bold, U.K.-inspired toppings like oxtail, smoked haddock, Stilton, and pork shoulder. The two chefs met through a friend and quickly realized there was an opportunity for collaboration thanks to a love of wood-fired ovens and careful sourcing of ingredients. While the concept is less than a year old, it’s already spawned three locations in the London metropolitan area.

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While he may not have landed with an overseas reputation, Chris Bianco is clearly making his mark on The Swinging City.