The California Pizza Challenge sponsored by REAL California Milk

The California Pizza Challenge (CPC) sponsored by REAL California Milk will take place August 25-27th at the California Restaurant Show and Pizza Tomorrow Summit Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA.

Celebrating the states long history of producing some of the countries finest cheese, the CPC will feature 4 culinary events to showcase California cheese, as well as 4 Pizza Athletic categories demonstrating the dexterity and agility needed in the kitchen on a busy night.

Culinary categories will include:

Non-Traditional: Must be 14″, Round, Yield 6 pieces, Not made in a pan, and feature at least 1 cheese produced in California. (verification will be required). Winner of this category will receive a trip to compete in international competition in 2025, courtesy of USPT Sponsor REAL California Milk. You must submit the California cheese you will be using when you register.

Pizza in the Pan: Must yield at least 6 pieces and feature at least 1 cheese produced in California. You must submit the California cheese you will be using when you register. Competitors will have 30 minutes from first touch to hands off.

Best  Traditional Sauce: Must make a traditional red sauce. Each competitor WILL BE GIVEN an 18 oz. dough ball, REAL California shredded Mozzarella and an oven. They may make any TRADITIONAL red sauce they wish.  Sauce must only contain traditional ingredients and must be a spreadable, traditional pizza sauce. Small veggies, herbs, oils and cheeses are allowed IN THE SAUCE. No meat is allowed in the sauce. Pizzas must be round and yield at least 6 pieces. Sauces chunkier than a slightly chunky bowl of salsa will be DQ’d. (Salsa will be available onsite for comparison and verification. You bring the chips!) Recipes must be submitted a week before the competition or you will not be allowed to compete and the next on the waiting list will be slated. You will be moved to the back of the waiting list.

The REAL California Milk 3-Cheese Championship: Pizza must contain exactly 3 cheeses and all cheeses must be produced in California. Any cheese included in any other part of your recipe counts towards the total. Example, if you have  Parmesan in your sauce, that counts as 1, and so on. Pizzas must be round and yield at least 6 pieces. Competitors must submit a full recipe and 10 competitors will be chosen from the applicants. You must submit the California cheeses you will be using when you register. Event sponsor REAL California Milk will provide any assistance needed in locating or obtaining any cheese found on the REAL California Milk official website.

 

Athletic Pizza Events will include:

Individual Freestyle Acrobatics: Spin it to win it! The victor of this event earns a trip to compete in international pizza competition in 2025.

Largest Dough Stretch: Competitors will have 5 minutes to stretch out one 18 oz. dough ball as large as possible. No holes larger than a dimer will be permitted.

Fastest Pie Maker: Competitor will stretch out five 10 oz. dough balls as fast as possible to cover 10″ screens. Dough must cover the entire screen to be counted.

Fastest Box Folder: Competitor will fold five  14″ boxes as fast as possible. Best time wins.

TEAM FREESTYLE ACROBATICS CHALLENGE: A team of 3 spinners must perform a choreographed acrobatic dough spinning routine of up to 3 minutes (no less than 2) for a panel of judges. 

REGISTRATION WILL BE OPENING SOON SO STAY TUNED!

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No more than 1 COMPETITOR PER PIZZERIA BRAND, PER CULINARY CATEGORY (Up to 3 competitors total)

Competitors must make and sell pizzas in a brick and mortar pizzeria, mobile unit or active pizza catering service. NO MORE THAN 3 COMPETITORS PER PIZZERIA BRAND may compete in the CPC, unless they are additionally selected to compete in the 3-Cheese Championship. Each competitor may only represent their pizzeria in 1 culinary category (and the 3-Cheese if selected). Registration gets each competitor 2 PASSES into the California Restaurant Show and Pizza Tomorrow Summit Pavilion. Competitors and grand prize winner may not be affiliated with any other competitive pizza group or team.

COMPETITOR INFO

This competitor will be the main point of communication for the other competitors from your brand.

 

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