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International Pizza Challenge™

 

REGISTRATION OPENS IN SEPTEMBER FOR THE 2015 COMPETITION

AND A SHOT AT THE 2015 PIZZA MAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD!

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Since its inception in 2007, the International Pizza Challenge™ has evolved and grown in stature and in prize money.  Last year we added a fifth division: Gluten-Free, and it will return as part of the Challenge in 2015. We also are expanding the fields in each division and recasting the Italian-style part of the competition as the Pizza Napoletana Division and adhering to the STG definitions of acceptable pizzas for that classification.

The five divisions compete Tuesday through Thursday. A maximum of 80 entries will be accepted in the Traditional and Non-Traditional divisions; contestants will be capped at 30 in the Pan and Pizza Napoletana divisions, with 20 in Gluten-Free. The top four prelinary-round scores from the traditional and non-traditional prelims will advance to the division finals on Thursday. Later on Thursday, the division winners of Traditional, Non-Traditional, Pan and Pizza Napoletana will face off in a mystery-ingredient bake-off for Pizza Maker of the Year. A panel of judges assigns scores for each pizza in each round of 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:

  • Crust
  • Sauce, Cheese, Toppings
  • Overall Taste
  • Creativity (Non-Traditional and American-Pan divisions only)

Visual Presentation / Appearance is scored on:

  • Bake
  • Visual Presentation

"Since winning the Traditional Division in March 2014 I've gained a great deal of local notoriety and recognition. First, I was featured on the morning news at our local NBC affiliate, where I prepared and baked my award-winning pizza in the studio. Then came a radio interview with NPR and a feature on the Internet with Columbus Underground.

Stories about my victory have been published in just about every local printed news outlet. People have driven to my pizzeria from other states to taste my pizza! As I'm reflecting, winning the International Pizza Challenge has translated to, approximately, a 23 percent increase in my business."
Brad Rocco,
Bexley Pizza Plus
Bexley, Ohio

The following pizza artisans have taken home the top prize since the contest began.

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


2013 Traditional Division Regional Winners:

  • Northeast: Bruno DiFabio, Renapoli, Old Greenwich, CT.
  • Northwest: Thiago Vasconcelos, Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco, CA.
  • Southeast: Jane Mines, Nima's Pizza & More Inc., Gassville, AR.
  • Southwest: Michael Stevens, Pallo Mesa Pizza, Arroyo, CA.
  • Mid-America: Javier Valdez, Joe's New York Pizza, Henderson, NV.
  • International: Danilo Lupo, Pizzeria Defina, Toronto, ON.
  • Wild Card: Leah Scurto, Pizza My Heart, Las Gatos, CA.
  • Canada: Rick Nixon, Itza Ristorante & Pizzeria, Nelson, B.C.

2013 Traditional Division FINALS:

  • 1st: Thiago Vasconcelos, Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2nd: Jane Mines, Nima's Pizza & More Inc., Gassville, AR.           
  • 3rd: Bruno DiFabio, Renapoli, Old Greenwich, CT.

2013 Non-Traditional Division Regional Winners:

  • Northeast: Doug Ferriman, Crazy Dough's Pizza, Boston, MA.
  • Northwest: Tim Hoffman, Barros Pizza, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Southeast: Michael LaMarca, Master Pizza, Mayfield Heights, OH.
  • Southwest: Joleen Piser, AJ Barile's Chicago Pizza, Yucaipa, CA.
  • Mid-America: Melissa Rickman, Wholly Stromboli, Fort Lupton, CO.
  • International: Floriana Pastore, Italy
  • Wild Card: Lars Smith, Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA.
  • Canada: Rocco Agostino, Pizzeria Libretto, Toronto, Ontario

2013 Non-Traditional Division FINALS:

  • 1st: Floriana Pastore, Italy
  • 2nd: Tim Hoffman, Barros Pizza, Phoenix, AZ.        
  • 3rd: Rocco Agostino, Pizzeria Libretto, Toronto, Ontario

2013 American Pan Winners:  

  • 1st: Jeff Smokevitch, Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, CO.
  • 2nd: Matthew Heard, Humble Pie, Edmond, OK.
  • 3nd: Matt Tierney, Pele's Wood Fire, Jacksonville, FL.

2013 Italian-Style Winners:  

  • 1st: Michele D'Amelio, Pizzeria Testa, Liono (AV), Italy.
  • 2nd: Chris Calloway, Pele's Wood Fire, Jacksonville, FL.
  • 3nd: Akinari Makishima, SOLO PIZZA Napoletana Co. Ltd., Nagoya, Aichi/Japan

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 
Tim Silva
Pizza My Heart
Los Gatos, CA

2012 Non-Traditional Winner of $7,500 
Andrew Scudera
Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza
Staten Island, NY

2012 American-Pan Winner of $4,000 
Shawn Randazzo
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
Umberto Fornito
Napoli, Italy

2012 "Best of the Best" Blind-Box Bake-Off Winner of $2,500 
Tony Gemignani
Tony's Pizza Napoletana          
San Francisco, CA


2011 Traditional Winner of $10,000 
Carmelo Oliveri
Verona, Italy
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  

Luigi Vianello
Venezia, Italy


2010 Traditional Winner of $10,000
Eddy Rossignoli
Venezia, Italy

2010 Non-Traditional Winner of $10,000  
Theo Kalogeracos
Jakarta, Indonesia
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 Bertuzzo
Leece, Italy
Grazziano also took home the first Pizzaiolo of the Year prize of $5,000.

2009 Non-Traditional Winner of $10,000
Scot Cosentino
Goodfella's Pizza
Staten Island, NY


2008 Traditional Winner of $10,000    
Grazziano Bertuzzo
Leece, Italy

2007 Winner of $5,000
E. Jay Myers
Goodfella's Pizza
Staten Island, NY



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