airrack with the largest pizza

Youtuber Eric Decker, better known as Airrack, loves breaking records – almost as much as he loves eating pizza.

Over the past year, he’s combined these two passions to set two pizza-related world records:

  • Largest pizza
  • Most fast food restaurants visited in 24 hours

Airrack’s giant pizza was made in collaboration with his favourite restaurant, Pizza Hut.

Measuring 1,296 m² (13,990 ft²), it was just over 34 m2 larger than the previous record.

The pizza was made using 6,192.8 kg (13,653 lb) of dough, 2,244.3 kg (4,948 lb) of sweet marinara sauce, over 3991.6 kg (8,800 lb) of cheese and around 630,496 pieces of pepperoni.

The base was fully assembled, topped, then baked in pieces on-site at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

largest pizza fills the room

The record-breaking pizza was made to mark the return of Pizza Hut’s “Big New Yorker”, a New York-style pizza from the 1990s inspired by the extra-large 16-inch pies served at authentic New York pizzerias.

Airrack is a big fan of New York pizzerias, as he demonstrated when he ate at 100 of them in one day to break the record for the most fast food restaurants visited in 24 hours.

Although he could have visited any type of fast food restaurant during this record attempt, he chose to only go to counter-service pizzerias, of which there are hundreds in New York.

The record to beat was 69, set by TikTok stars Nick DiGiovanni and Lynn “Lynja” Davis in 2022.

Airrack’s record attempt began at midnight on 29 December in midtown Manhattan. 

Accompanied by his team and a Guinness World Records adjudicator, Airrack visited various pizza places until 5 a.m., when he took a three-hour break as many shops close in the early morning hours.

The record attempt resumed at 8 a.m., with Airrack working his way through pizza restaurants in New York’s Upper East Side and East Village.

He also spared some time to go to a non-fast food pizza restaurant to buy a pizza for fellow YouTuber Casey Neistat, whom he went to visit for a quick chat.

By 4 p.m., Airrack had visited 45 pizza places, meaning he’d need to pick up the pace if he wanted to reach his target of 100.

Airrack smiling in a pizza restaurant

Fortunately, after much walking (and some running), he was able to get his 100th pizza just before the clock ran out.

Airrack was presented with his official Guinness World Records certificate the next day, live on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from Times Square in New York.

“Thank you to the Airrack Mafia at home, my audience. Thank you for everything,” he said.

He also took the opportunity to goad pizza reviewer and Barstool Sports owner Dave Portnoy: “Dave Portnoy, I’m calling you out – you have zero pizza records; I have two, going on three.”

We’re not sure which pizza-related world record Airrack plans on breaking next, but here are some of his options:

  • Most varieties of cheese on a pizza: 1,001, achieved by Benoît Bruel, Fabien Montellanico, Sophie Hatat Richart-Luna, and Florian OnAir (all France)
  • Highest pizza toss: 6.52 m (21 ft 5 in) by Joe Carlucci (USA) in 2006
  • Longest pizza: 1,930.39 m (6,333.3 ft), made in 2017
  • Largest collection of pizza boxes: 595, owned by Scott Wiener (USA)
  • Largest pizza party: 357 people, organized by World Pizza Champions (USA) in 2023

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