March 19-21, 2024 |
Las Vegas Convention Center

COMPETITIONS

INTERNATIONAL PIZZA CHALLENGE

2024 Information Coming Soon

Competitions

Hosted by Pizza Expo

Join in on the excitement on the show floor by visiting our competition areas throughout the show. Cheer on the contestants in our yearly competitions and get a chance to sample some of their finished products!

Partner Competitions

California-Style Competition

Hosted by the California Milk Advisory Board

We’re searching for the best non-traditional California-Style pizza using fresh dough with any combination of toppings and Real California Cheese. The competition will have two (2) divisions, Amateur/Student and Professional divisions, with a maximum of 15 competitors in each division for a total of 30 competitors from across Southeast Asia and Mexico.

The Amateur/Student division will consist of culinary students from accredited schools and/or institutions and the professional division will be made up of professional restaurant and pizzeria chefs. Chefs will be able to choose from a selection of more than 250 varieties and styles of award-winning California cheeses to create the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring California-Style pizzas! Each competitor’s goal will be to feature California-Style ingredients and toppings that showcase the best of what the Golden State has to offer, along with a special focus on Real California Cheeses.

Competition Coordinators: Michael LaMarca and Jeremy Galvin – Master Pizza Franchise Group, LLC

Ooni Pizza Throwdown

Hosted by Ooni

Ooni supports the dreams and aspirations of pizzaioli around the world. We are proud to present the Ooni Pizza Throwdown at the International Pizza Expo as an opportunity for pizza makers of every skill level to showcase their talents.

The Ooni Pizza Throwdown will have two divisions, Traditional and Pan. Each competition will be limited to 15 entrants in each category. Entrants may only compete in one category. Pizzas will be made in an entrant’s choice of Ooni oven – either Ooni Koda 16 (Natural Gas) or Ooni Volt 12 (Electric.) Traditional pizzas can be any style cooked directly on the stone. Pan can be any style cooked in a pan or sheet.

Plant-Based Competition

Hosted by Daiya

A Plant-Based Competition featuring Daiya Foods Dairy-Free Cheeses!

The crust/dough/batter must be fresh or parbaked. In addition, the dough, and all toppings must be plant based. Each competitor’s goal will be to showcase Daiya Foods deliciously dairy-free cheeses and blends, including, but not limited to the following.

  1. Daiya Dairy-Free Mozzarella Style Cheese
  2. Daiya Dairy-free Shredded Italian Blend Cheese
  3. Daiya Dairy Free Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  4. Daiya Dairy-free Cream Cheese

Competitions Schedule 

Tuesday, March 19 Wednesday, March 20 Thursday, March 21 Location
International Pizza Challenge 8:00 AM–4:00 PM 8:00 AM–5:00 PM 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Comp Area A/B
World Pizza Games 11:15 AM – 1:30 PM 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
WPG Area
International Italian Sandwich Championship TBA TBA TBA TBA
California-Style Competition TBA TBA TBA TBA
Ooni Pizza Throwdown 8:00 AM – 3:45 PM International Pizza Challenge Area
Plant-based Competition 12:30 PM – 3:45 PM International Pizza Challenge Area
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