May 1, 2014 |

Expo Spotlight: The WINNERS!

By Bill Oakley


If you were in Las Vegas, then you know that International Pizza Expo was the THE place to be. You could feel the energy and pizza enthusiasm from the moment you walked into the Las Vegas Convention Center.

There was something for everyone at International Pizza Expo 2014, whether you’re a veteran or just opening your first store. When the show closed on Thursday afternoon, nearly 8,000 buyers had visited more than 1,070 exhibits and attended more than 90 seminars, demonstrations and workshops. Rounding out the experience were numerous culinary competitions, contests, demonstrations and other special events.

The 2014 Traditional Division of the International Pizza Challenge had the following regional winners who advanced to the finals:
• Southwest: Daniel Saccone, Saccone’s Pizza & Subs, Austin, TX
• Northwest: Leah Scurto, Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA
• Mid-America: Jose Suarez, Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, CO
• International: John Pizzo, Armando’s Pizza, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
• Northeast: Brad Rocco, Bexley Pizza Plus, Bexley, OH
• Southeast: Michael Athanasopoulos, Pizza Bizzar, Clearwater Beach, FL
• Wild Card: Michael Rutledge, Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza, Tacoma, WA

2014 Traditional Division Finals:
1st: Brad Rocco, Bexley Pizza Plus, Bexley, OH
2nd: Jose Suarez, Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, CO
3rd: John Pizzo, Armando’s Pizza, Windsor, Ontario

The Non-Traditional Division of the International Pizza Challenge had the following regional winners who advanced to the finals:
• Southwest: Jerome LaSorba, The Pizza Corner, Kapolei, HI
• Northwest: Laura Meyer, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco, CA
• Southeast: Daulton Cornell, Six Hundred Downtown, Bellafontaine, OH
• Mid-America: Alec Hendrickson, Pompeii Pizza, Elk River, MN
• Northeast: Nick Maggi, GoodFella’s, Staten Island, NY
• International: Meghan O’ Dea, Pi Gourmet Eatery, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
• Wild Card: Attilio Guarino, Emma’s Brick Oven, Cranford, NJ

2014 Non-Traditional Division Finals:
1st: Laura Meyer, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco, CA
2nd: Attilio Guarino, Avas Brick Oven, Staten Island, NY (Wild Card Finalist)
3rd: Jerome LaSorba, The Pizza Corner, Kapolei, HI

2014 American-Pan Division Winners:
1st: Matt Molina, Capo’s, San Francisco, CA
2nd: Issam Halawi, Pizza Bogo, North Olmsted, OH
3rd: William Manzo, Federal Hill Pizza, Warren, RI

2014 Italian-Style Division Winners:
1st: Giuseppe Manco, Della Rocco’s Pizza, New York, NY
2nd: Akinari Makishima, Solo Pizza Napoletana, Nagoya, Japan
3rd: Johnny DiFrancesco, 400 Gradi, Melbourne, Australia

2014 Gluten-Free Division Winners:
1st: Randy Hueffmeier, Randy’s Premier Pizza, Oakdale, MN
2nd: Senol Eskici, Armando’s, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
3rd: Chelsea Basset, Wholly Stromboli, Fort Lupton, CO

2014 Best of the Best Champion:
Doug Ferriman, Crazy Dough’s Pizza, Boston, MA

2014 Pizza Maker of the Year Champion: Matt Molina, Capo’s, San Francisco, CA

The Winners in the World Pizza Games were as follows:

Freestyle Acrobatics:
Lee Moonky, South Korea

Masters Division Freestyle Acrobatics:
Justin Wadstein, Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA

Fastest Dough: Brittany Saxton, Six Hundred Downtown, Bellafontaine, OH

Fastest Box Folding: Barry White, Pizza My Heart, Los Angeles, CA

Largest Dough: Brittany Saxton, Six Hundred Downtown, Bellafontaine, OH

Pizza Triathlon: Justin Wadstein, Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA

Start making plans now to attend International Pizza Expo 2015, which will again be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center March 23 – 26.

Sincerely,
Bill Oakley
Executive Vice President

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