2014 Traditional Division Regional Winners:
• Southwest: Daniel Saccone, Saccone's Pizza & Subs, Austin, TX
• Northwest: Leah Scurto, Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA
• Mid-America: Jose Suarez, Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, CO
• International: John Pizzo, Armando's Pizza, Windsor, Ontario
• Northeast: Brad Rocco, Bexley Pizza Plus, Bexley, OH
• Southeast: Michael Athanasopoulos, Pizza Bizzar, Clearwater Beach, FL
2014 Traditional Division Finals:
1st: Brad Rocco, Bexley Pizza Plus, Bexley, OH
2nd: Jose Suarez, Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, CO
3rd: John Pizzo, Armando's Pizza, Windsor, Ontario
2014 Non-Traditional Division Regional Winners:
• Southwest: Jerome LaSorba, The Pizza Corner, Kapolei, HI
• Northwest: Laura Meyer, Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
• Southeast: Daulton Cornell, Six Hundred Downtown, Bellafontaine, OH
• Mid-America: Alec Hendrickson, Pompeii Pizza, Elk River, MN
• Northeast: Nick Maggi, GoodFella's, Staten Island, NY
• International: Meghan O'Dea, Pi Gourmet Eatery, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
2014 Non-Traditional Division Finals:
1st: Laura Meyer, Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
2nd: Attilio Guarino, Emma's Brick Oven, Cranford, NJ (Wild Card Finalist)
3rd: Jerome LaSorba, The Pizza Corner, Kapolei, HI
2014 American-Pan Division Winners:
1st: Matt Molina, Capo's, San Francisco
2nd: Issam Halawi, Pizza Bogo, North Olmsted, OH
3rd: William Manzo, Federal Hill Pizza, Warren, RI
2014 Italian-Style Division Winners:
1st: Giuseppe Manco, Della Rocco's Pizza, New York, NY
2nd: Akinari Makishima, Solo Pizza Napoletana, Nagoya, Japan
3rd: Johnny DiFrancesco, 400 Gradi, Melbourne, Australia
2014 Gluten-Free Division Winners:
1st: Randy Hueffmeier, Randy's Premier Pizza, Oakdale, MN
2nd: Senol Eskici, Armando's, Windsor, Ontario
3rd: Chelsea Basset, Wholly Stromboli, Fort Lupton, CO
2014 Best of the Best Champion: Doug Ferriman, Crazy Dough's Pizza, Boston, MA
2014 Pizza Maker of the Year Champion: Matt Molina, Capo's, San Francisco
REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2014 COMPETITION
AND A SHOT AT THE 2014 PIZZA MAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD!
Since its inception in 2007, the International Pizza Challenge™ has evolved and grown in stature and in prize money. This year we've added a fifth division: Gluten-Free. The first 12 competitors to sign up for this division will go head to head in a bake-off on Wednesday, March 26, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The four other divisions compete Tuesday and Wednesday. A maximum of 60 entries will be accepted in the Traditional and Non-Traditional divisions; contestants will be capped at 16 in American-Pan and 20 in Italian-Style. For the preliminary rounds, Traditional and Non-Traditional contestants will be placed in regional groups, with a winner from each region advancing to the final challenge on Thursday. A panel of judges assigns scores for each pizza in the Challenge.
Contestants bring their own ingredients, while show management provides refrigeration space, equipment and ovens. Judging panels are composed of impartial chefs, food critics and other pizzeria owners, and they score each pie using the following criteria:
Taste is scored on:
Visual Presentation / Appearance is scored on:
The International Pizza Challenge is sponsored by General Mills (Booth 469), Hobart (Booth 841), Mooney Farms (Booth 1154), Red Gold (Booth 1247), Somerset (Booth 1347), Antimo Caputo/Orlando Foods (Booth 2339), California Milk Advisory Board (Booth 1069), Baker's Pride (Booth 617), Middleby Marshall (Booth 501), Wood Stone (Booth 569), ThermalRite (Booth 461) and GI Metal USA (Booth 1369).
The Gluten-Free Division is sponsored by the Gluten Intolerance Group (Booth 1441).
The following pizza artisans have taken home the top prize since the contest began.
2013 Traditional Division Regional Winners:
2013 Traditional Division FINALS:
2013 Non-Traditional Division Regional Winners:
2013 Non-Traditional Division FINALS:
2013 American Pan Winners:
2013 Italian-Style Winners:
2013 Best of the Best Champion: Theo Kalogeracos, Perth, Australia
2013 Pizza Maker of the Year Award: Floriana Pastore, Italy
2012 Traditional Winner of $7,500
Pizza My Heart
Los Gatos, CA
2012 Non-Traditional Winner of $7,500
Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza
Staten Island, NY
2012 American-Pan Winner of $4,000
Detroit Style Pizza Co.
St. Clair Shores, MI
Shawn also took home the 2012 Pizza Maker of the Year prize of $5,000 by winning the Mystery-Ingredient Bake-Off.
2012 Italian-Style Winner of $4,000
2012 "Best of the Best" Blind-Box Bake-Off Winner of $2,500
Tony's Pizza Napoletana
San Francisco, CA
2011 Traditional Winner of $10,000
Carmelo also took home the 2011 Pizza Maker of the Year prize of $5,000 by winning the Blind Box Bake-Off.
2011 Non-Traditional Winner of $10,000
2010 Traditional Winner of $10,000
2010 Non-Traditional Winner of $10,000
Theo also took home the 2010 Pizza Maker of the Year prize of $5,000 by winning the Blind Box Bake-Off.
2009 Traditional Winner of $10,000
Grazziano also took home the first Pizzaiolo of the Year prize of $5,000.
2009 Non-Traditional Winner of $10,000
Staten Island, NY
2008 Traditional Winner of $10,000
2007 Winner of $5,000
E. Jay Myers
Staten Island, NY