Canadian Pizza Magazine

Judges announced for Canadian Pizza Chef of the Year Competitions

By Canadian Pizza   


Toronto – Canadian Pizza magazine is excited to have dedicated members of the pizza industry join us as judges at the Canadian Pizza Summit on Oct. 21 in Toronto.

Judging Chef of the Year Traditional (morning) and Open (afternoon) will be John Chetti, Diana Cline, Joe Leroux and Tom Stankiewicz.

Judging the new Mystery Ingredient Challenge will be Alex Hughes, Marina Rondinelli and Giorgio Taverniti.



John Chetti is managing partner at Queen Margherita Pizza, a business he helped found in 2009. With three locations in Toronto, QMP is dedicated to pizza and the preservation of Italian tradition. In 2012 he co-founded FBI Pizza (the FBI stands for full-blooded Italian) in Etobicoke.

Diana Cline is a two-time Canadian Pizza magazine Chef of the Year champion, internationally recognized gourmet pizzaiolo, partner with Diana’s Cucina & Lounge in Winnipeg. Besides creating award-winning recipes, she is also a consultant to other pizzeria owner/operators. Readers of Canadian Pizza will know Diana from her Pizza Chef column. She has competed multiple times in the World Pizza Championships in Italy and at Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. She has served as a judge at both competitions.

Joe Leroux, owner of Amadio’s Pizza in Port Credit, Ont., our 2016 Chef of the Year and has been recognized by his community with several awards for community service including the Pizza With Purpose award. Joe is a veteran international competitor and operator who is quick to help other operators and recently set up shop as a consultant. He has competed at the Caputo Cup in Naples, Italy, and at Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. He has also served as a judge at Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.

Tom Stankiewicz has owned and operated Bondi’s Pizza in London, Ont., for 20 years – since 1999. Tom was our 2009 Chef of the Year. For several years, Tom was involved with the Canadian Pizza Team. In recent years, he tackled diverse topics related to pizza and pizzeria management in his Pizza on Fire column in Canadian Pizza.


Alex Hughes is a PhD candidate in history at York University. He is examining the history of pizza, the business of pizza and pizza culture in Toronto and Buffalo, New York between 1950-1990 for his dissertation, “The Pizza Effect: Pizza Culture of Toronto and Buffalo 1950-1990.” Alex blogs as the Pizza Historian, loves all things connected with pizza and believes that pineapple belongs on pizza!

Marina Rondinelli, former owner of Rondo’s Pizza Plus in Bright’s Grove, Ont., is an award-winning pizza maker who was twice runner-up in the Canadian Pizza Chef of the Year contest and in 2012 placed third at the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas. Marina’s unconventional ingredients like whisky, beer and wine in her pizzas have won her accolades including Inspired Chef Challenge featuring her creation in Food & Drink Magazine. She now serves as a consultant for restaurants and pizzerias.

Giorgio Taverniti owns Frank’s Pizza House in Toronto, which has been in his family since 1990. A graduate of George Brown College’s culinary management and Italian culinary programs, Giorgio helped found a popular pizza-making workshop at the college. He has written many lively columns for Canadian Pizza.

The Canadian Pizza Summit and Chef of the Year Competitions are brought to you by Canadian Pizza magazine with support from Platinum sponsor Moretti Forni, distributed by Faema Canada, Gold Plus sponsor Parmalat/Galbani; Gold sponsors Ardent Mills and Stanislaus Food Products, Bronze sponsor Uber Eats, attendee bag sponsor MenuSano and lanyard sponsor Lallemand Baking.

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