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Register now for Canadian Pizza Summit and Chef of the Year Competitions

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Summing up the Canadian Pizza Summit

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Food cost is one of the biggest operating expenses in running a pizzeria. Ingredients are often perishable, and wholesale food costs have increased considerably in recent years. 

Pizza Summit East

The Canadian Pizza Summit East is open for registration!

Designed to help independent pizzerias network and grow their pizza business through ideas and innovations, the Summit and Chef of the Year Competitions will take place on Monday, Oct. 30, at our host and Platinum sponsor Faema Canada’s Culinary Academy and showroom, 672 Dupont St., Toronto.

The Canadian Summit and Chef of the Year Competitions will take place on Monday, Oct. 30 at Faema Canada’s Toronto Culinary Academy and showroom.


What can I expect?

The Canadian Pizza Summit and Chef of the Year Competitions is a one-day event exclusively for pizzeria and restaurant owners and operators. It’s the only event in Canada dedicated to the art and business of making pizza, and it offers attendees: 

  • Exciting competitions featuring signature pizzas from dozens of pizzerias!
  • Ideas to take back to your pizzeria!
  • Samples of delicious, cutting-edge pizza: the best Canada has to offer!
  • A chance to learn techniques from top pizza chefs!
  • State-of-the-art ovens, mixers, coffee machines and other equipment!
  • Engaged sponsors and exhibitors specializing in and serving the pizza industry!
  • Opportunities to network with other pizzerias and exhibitors!
  • Top-notch market research: learn what other pizzerias are doing in one place on one day! 

Who should attend?

Are you a pizzeria owner, operator or employee? Are you planning to open your own pizzeria or pizza franchise? Are you a food-service or catering owner or employee who has a focus on pizza? Attend! 

What’s at stake?

Naturally the winner and top placers win special bragging rights. But there are great prizes to be won as well. Our new Chef of the Year East will receive a free trip to compete in the International Pizza Challenge at Pizza Expo in March 2024, where they will meet a chance to meet and get pointers from Chef of the Year West Giuseppe Cortinovis, a seasoned competitor. Canadian Pizza magazine will feature you on the cover! And of course, an award to display proudly in your pizzeria.

The second-place prize is $300 and an award to display proudly in your pizzeria. The third-place prize is $200 and an award to display proudly in your pizzeria. All chefs will receive a certificate to recognize participation in Chef of the Year.

Great Pizza Box Fold-Off

Want to show off your box-folding skills? Enter! Owners: Looking for a way to set your pizzeria apart from the rest? Enter! Managers: Want to motivate your employees? Encourage them to enter! Want to be featured in Canadian Pizza magazine? Enter! Want to have fun and win cash in a pizza industry setting? Enter!

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, a framed certificate to display and a $100 gift certificate for the Annex Pizza Bookstore. The Great Pizza Box Fold-Off will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon at the Canadian Pizza Summit. The award will be given out with other awards at end of day.

This free event is for independent pizzeria owners, operators, franchisees and their teams, and for food-service or catering businesses that focus on pizza.

Thank you to our host and Platinum sponsor, Faema Canada, Gold sponsor Lactalis Canada Foodservice, Talia di Napoli pizza crusts and Lallemand Baking for supporting this key industry event that celebrates the art and science of professional pizza making in Canada. As a supplier and partner to pizzerias, join us to be part of Canada’s premier pizza competition and tabletop business event!

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