Canadians in contention at International Pizza Challenge
By Canadian Pizza
By Canadian Pizza
March 10, 2010, Las Vegas, NV – Canadians
turned up the heat at the International Pizza Challenge with competitors
holding three of the eight spots in the finals of the traditional division.
Dave Housman of Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria
in Edmonton was guaranteed a spot in the finals after winning Canadian Pizza
magazine’s Chef of the Year contest. Canadian Pizza’s Chef of the Year runner
up, Adrien Vachon of Fat Cat’s Pizza in Welland, Ont., scored second in the
Open 1 division of the preliminaries with a score that earned him a Wild Card
spot in the finals. Pasqualino Oliveri of The Grand Pizzeria in Ottawa scored
first place in the Open 1 category to secure his place in the championship
Housman scored 92.7 to finish sixth overall
with his pie topped with sweet Chorizo sausage and mushrooms. Vachon earned 87.45
for his Canadian pizza topped with pepporoni and maple bacon. Oliveri chose
mushrooms and pepperoni for his pizza, which scored 88.35.
Eddy Rossignoli of Italy took top honours
in the traditional division with a score of 107.35, followed by Jane Ellen
Mines of the U.S. with 102.95. The remaining competitors in the final field
were Gianluca Procaccini of Italy (99.45) and Bruno Difabio (98.75) and Paul
Duran (96.43), both of America.
In the non-traditional division, first
place went to Theo Kalogeracos of Indonesia after winning 136.40 points. William
Olund of the U.S. was second with 132.55 followed by fellow American John Gutekanst,
who was right on his heels with 132.15.The remaining competitors in the finals
were three Americans—Abe Collins (126.85), Edward Barbeau (118.6) and Frank
Baird (125.7)—plus Damon DeRuiter of Australia (115.7).