Rose Totino - made some of the first frozen pizzas
Rose Totino is often called the “Queen of Frozen Pizza.” Not a bad thing to be a ruler of, if you ask us. She developed the first pizza dough suitable for freezing then baking in Minnesota. She and her husband, Jim, owned a pizzeria where they sold pre-baked and ready-to-eat pizza at their take-out business. They started selling frozen pizzas with frozen dough purchased from Chicago, but Rose didn’t like it and eventually worked with Pillsbury (who they sold their business to, and Rose became Pillsbury’s first female corporate vice president) to create the perfect dough that was fried before freezing. This made it more resistant to the dangers of the freezing/thawing process. This concept came from the pizzas Rose’s mother had made, and resulted in a 1979 patent for the dough.