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Join us in person to see 22 talented pizza chefs make the best, tastiest, most creative pizza, shine a light on their pizzerias and compete to win great prizes including a trip to compete at Vegas Pizza Expo in 2024!

New this year!
Eat great pizza, compete for cool prizes in 3 fun competitions!

Talia di Napoli will host a lively lunchtime demonstration of its delicious pizza crusts that come straight from Naples and can be baked to perfection in any oven! It all happens starting at 12:45 in the kitchen!

The Great Pizza Box Fold-Off is open to owners and employees of Canadian pizza operations aged 14 years and older. The winner gets coverage in Canadian Pizza magazine and a $100 gift certificate for the Annex Pizza Bookstore. The Great Pizza Box Fold-Off will start at 4 p.m. Important: You can sign up at the Summit but you must bring 10 large pizza boxes! The Great Pizza Box Fold-Off will start at 4 p.m.

Faema Canada will host an exciting Pizza-Eating Contest as part of the Summit activities! Come enjoy delicious Neapolitan pizza made by master pizzaiolo Pasquale Ponticello, instructor of Faema’s Culinary Academy classes. Sign up at the front registration desk to compete with other pizza lovers to win handsome prizes including a pizza peel and olive oil gift set! Bring your appetite to the kitchen at 4:15 p.m.

Meet the Chef of the Year judges!
  • Rocco Agostino, executive chef and partner for Pizzeria Libretto and partner of Enoteca Sociale, Toronto
  • Rita DeMontis, award-winning journalist, editor, writer and food specialist based in Toronto
  • Tom Stankiewicz, owner and operator, Bondi’s Pizza, London, Ont., and 2009 Chef of the Year
  • Giorgio Taverniti, owner, Frank’s Pizza House, Toronto

We can’t wait to connect with chefs, owners, operators and your staff and to see what signature pizzas you will present at this one-of-a-kind Canadian industry event at Faema Culinary Academy, Faema Canada, 672 Dupont St., Toronto, Ont., M6G 1Z6.

Thank you to our host and Platinum sponsor, Faema Canada, Gold sponsor Lactalis Canada Foodservice, Bronze sponsor Talia di Napoli and Lallemand Baking for supporting this key industry event that celebrates the art and science of professional pizza making in Canada.