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The Canadian Pizza magazine Chef of the Year competition has seen many changes over the years. In 2014, the competition merged with the Canadian Pizza Show, and in 2015, it expanded to include several divisions. One thing is for sure: there is always lots of excitement centre stage where talented, creative pizza professionals from across Canada never fail to shine!



2020
Chefs of the Year

Rodolfo Santo, Mastro Roberto Trattoria, Woodbridge, Ont. (Traditional)
Michele Casale, Redipizza, Montreal, Que. (Open)

Traditional
1. Rodolfo Santo, Mastro Roberto Trattoria, Woodbridge, Ont. (Chef of the Year)
2. Jason Pizzolongo, Restaurant Fuoco, Varennes, Que.
3. Maurizio Mascioli, Maurizio’s Inc., Parry Sound, Ont.

Open
1. Michele Casale, Redipizza, Montreal, Que. (Chef of the Year)
2. Thomas Schneider, Timmy Tom’s Pizzeria, Winnipeg, Man.
3. Sunny Singh, Lina’s Italian Market, Calgary, Alta.

Great Pizza Box Fold-Off
James Timothy, Zen'Za Pizzeria in London, Ont. (10 large boxes folded in 42.55 seconds)

Mystery Ingredient Challenge (pickled green beans with garlic)
Dean Litster, Armando’s Pizza, Windsor, Ont.

2019
Chefs of the Year

Giuseppe Cortinovis, Ignite Pizzeria, Vancouver, B.C. (Traditional)
Dean Litster, Armando's Pizza, Windsor, Ont. (Open)

Traditional
1. Giuseppe Cortinovis, Ignite Pizzeria, Vancouver, B.C. (Chef of the Year)
2. Giorgio Taverniti, Frank's Pizza House, Toronto, Ont.
3. Giovanni Campisi of Casa Mia Ristorante, Niagara Falls, Ont.

Open
1. Dean Litster, Armando's Pizza, Windsor, Ont. (Chef of the Year)
2. Marco Caveglia, Tuscan Wolf Pizzeria, Whitby, Ont.
3. Maurizio Mascioli, Maurizio's Inc., Parry Sound, Ont., took third place.

Great Pizza Box Fold-Off
James Timothy, Zen'Za Pizzeria in London, Ont. (10 large boxes folded in one minute, 3.7 seconds)

2018
Chef of the Year

Matteo Cesarotto, Buco Pizzeria & Vino Bar, St. Albert, Alta.

Traditional
1. Matteo Cesarotto, Buco Pizzeria & Vino Bar, St. Albert, Alta. (Chef of the Year)
2. Mike Giresi, Giresi’s Pizza, Sarnia, Ont.
3. Marco Zambri, Slopes of Vesuvius Mobile Pizzeria, Uxbridge, Ont.

Open
1. Giuseppe Cortinovis, Nightingale Restaurant, Vancouver, B.C. (Runner-up, Chef of the Year)
2. Alon Zohar, XO Pizza, Concord, Ont.
3.Antonio Rupolo, Gusto Pizzaria, Brampton, Ont.

Seasonal Pizza Challenge
Maurizio Mascioli, Maurizio’s Inc., Parry Sound, Ont.

Great Pizza Box Fold-Off
Jason Seitanidis, Matador Pizza and Steakhouse, Calgary, Alta.

2017
Chef of the Year

1. Carlo Raillo, Buco Pizzeria + Vino, St. Albert, Alta.
2. Rodolfo Santo, Mastro Roberto Trattoria & Pizzeria, Woodbridge, Ont.
3. Mateusz Rzeszutek, Queen Margherita Pizza, Toronto, Ont.
4. David Jimenez-Sanchez, Queen Margherita Pizza, Toronto, Ont.
5. Daniel Alay, Milano’s Pizza, Etobicoke, Ont.
6. (Tied) Meghan O’Dea, Pi Gourmet Eatery, St. John’s, N.L.; Giovanni Campisi, Le Cascate Pizzeria & Caffe, Niagara Falls, Ont.

Great Pizza Box Fold-Off
Antonio Rupolo, Gusto Pizzaria, Brampton, Ont.

2016
Chef of the Year

1. Joe Leroux, Amadio’s Pizza, Port Credit, Ont.
2. Giuseppe Cortinovis, Trattoria/Glowbal Group, Vancouver
3. Steve Silvestro, Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar, Toronto

Junior Chef of the Year
Antonio Rupolo, Gusto Pizzaria, Brampton, Ont.

Champion of Champions
Carlo Raillo, Buco Pizzeria and Vino, St. Albert, Alta.

Great Pizza Box Fold-Off
Breanna Gray, Gabriel Pizza, Ottawa

2015
Chef of the Year

1. Carlo Raillo, The Parlour Italian Kitchen & Bar, Edmonton
2. Vito Dachile, Enoteca Mozza Pizzeria Moderna, Laval, Que.
3. Fernando D’Agostino, That’s Italian Ristorante, Woodbridge, Ont.

2014
Chef of the Year

1. Carlo Raillo. The Parlour Italian Kitchen & Bar, Edmonton
2. Steve Silvestro, Alice Fazooli’s, Toronto
3. Don Letendre, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, Vancouver

2013
Chef of the Year

1. Rocco Agostino, Pizzeria Libretto, Toronto
2. Rick Nixon, Itza Reistorante & Pizzeria, Nelson, B.C.
3. Justin Connors, Fired Pizza Co.. Fredericton, N.B.

2012
Chef of the Year

1. Cory Medd, Two Guys and a Pizza Place, Lethbridge, Alta.
2. Marina Rondinelli, Rondo’s Pizza Plus, Bright’s Grove, Ont.
3. Richard Ames, Daddio’s Pizzeria, Grande Prairie, Alta.

2011
Chef of the Year

1. Pasqualino Oliveri, The Grand Pizzeria and Bar, Ottawa
2. Marina Rondinelli of Rondo’s and Pizza Plus in Bright’s Grove, Ont.
3. Tom Stankiewicz, Bondi's Pizza, London, Ont., and Rick Nixon, Itsa Ristorante & Pizzeria, Nelson, B.C. (tied)

2010
Chef of the Year

1. Dave Housman, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, Edmonton
2.Adrien Vachon, owner of Fat Cat’s Pizza, Welland, Ont.
3. Jeff Hughes, Diesel Pizza & Wings, Riverview, N.B.

2009
Chef of the Year
1. Tom Stankiewicz, Bondi’s Pizza, London, Ont.
2. Diana Coutu of Diana’s Gourmet Pizzeria, Winnipeg
3. Stephen Goddard, Pomodori, N.B.

2008
Chef of the Year

Cory Medd, Two Guys and a Pizza Place, Lethbridge, Alta.

2007
Chef of the Year

Liliane Sibonney, Kensingtons, Toronto

2006
Chef of the Year
Diana Cline (Coutu), Diana's Gourmet Pizza, Winnipeg

2005
Chef of the Year
Diana Cline (Coutu), Diana's Gourmet Pizza, Winnipeg

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