Canadian Pizza Magazine

Mystery Ingredient Challenge

By Canadian Pizza Staff   


A new competition at the Canadian Pizza Summit lets pizza chefs get creative

This year, the Canadian Pizza Summit has an exciting new event: the Mystery Ingredient Challenge!

Do you enjoy being creative under pressure? Show us what pizza magic you can work using your skill, imagination and knowledge of flavours to incorporate specific ingredients into a signature pizza! Competitors will be given a list of ingredients ahead of the competition from which to choose plus one Mystery Ingredient that must be used! That’s the challenge! On competition day at the Canadian Pizza Summit, participating pizza makers will create a one-of-a-kind pizza using the ingredients provided by Canadian Pizza Summit and sponsors.

The new competition will take place at the Canadian Pizza Summit and Chef of the Year Competitions on Monday, Oct. 21, in Toronto at the Faema Culinary Academy.

To get tuned in to the latest trends at pizzerias, enter or simply come watch the exciting competition! Here are details:

Competitor prep: Competitors will have the choice to attend briefing sessions on Sunday, Oct. 20, to familiarize themselves with the ovens and kitchen.

Dough: Competitors will bring their own dough (enough for two 12-inch pizzas).

Ingredients: Competitors will be given a list of ingredients they can use by Oct. 1, three weeks before the competition on Oct. 21 at the Canadian Pizza Summit). These ingredients will be provided to competitors the day of the Mystery Ingredient Challenge (at the Canadian Pizza Summit).

Kitchen space: All competitors will prepare and bake their pizzas at the same time (simultaneously) in the kitchen using one of four ovens – gas deck, electric deck and high-temperature (domed) oven (oven specifications will be provided prior to the Summit). Chefs will provide their ideal temperature range (500-600 F, 600-700 F, 700-800 F or 800-900 F) and oven assignments will be determined by the chefs’ ideal temperature.

Timing: Competitors will have 30 minutes to prepare and cook two identical pizzas featuring the mystery ingredient – one pizza to present to the judges and one to share with attendees!

Prizes: The winner and their mystery pizza will be featured in Canadian Pizza! Your prize package will include a gift certificate for a course from Faema Culinary Academy and, of course, an award to display proudly in your pizzeria!

To view the full rules and sign up to compete, visit

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