April 7, 2015 |

International Pizza Challenge 2015 Winners are…

By Denise Greer


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Champions of the 2015 International Pizza Challenge, a culinary competition designed to pit pizzaiolos against their fellow pizza makers to determine the world’s best pizza maker, were crowned at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.

2015 International Pizza Challenge Winners are…

2015 Traditional Division Regional Winners:

• Northeast: Marco Flores, Williamsburg Pizza, Brooklyn, NY
• Southeast: Jane Mines, Nima’s Pizza, Gassville, AR
• Mid America: Robert Sipes, Marco’s Pizza, Toledo, OH
• Northwest: Aaron Hecht, Wild West Pizzeria, West Yellowstone, MT
• Southwest: Arturo Ruiz-Gomez, Joe’s NY Pizza, Las Vegas, NV
• International: Aaron Gehrman, Emilio Finatti Pizzeria, White Rock, BC, Canada

2015 Traditional Division Finals:

1st: Marco Flores, Williamsburg Pizza, Brooklyn, NY
2nd: Robert Sipes, Marco’s Pizza, Toledo, OH
3rd: Arturo Ruiz-Gomez, Joe’s NY Pizza, Las Vegas, NV

2015 Non-Traditional Division Winners:

• Northeast: Jeffrey Gontarski, Esposito’s Pizza, Manasquan, NJ
• Southeast: Rick Mines, Nima’s Pizza, Gassville, AR
• Mid America: Brad Rocco, Bexley Pizza Plus, Bexly, OH
• Northwest: Cameron Tittle, Kaos Pizzeria, Denver, CO
• Southwest: Haider Ali, 786 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza, Sunland, CA
• International: Sposato Domenico, Pizzeria La Conchiglia, Sona Verona, Italy

2015 Non-Traditional Division Finals:

1st: Tim Silva, Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA
2nd: Joey Gonzalez, Isa’s Pizza, Phoenix, AZ
3rd: Haider Ali, 786 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza, Sunland, CA

2015 Pan Division Winners:

1st: Matt Taylor, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
2nd: Nino Coniglio, Williamsburg Pizza, Brooklyn, NY
3rd: Davide Civitiello, Rossopomodoro, Napoli, Italy

2015 Pizza Napoletana Division Winners:

1st: Tonino Cogliano, La Pizzeria, Frigento, Italy
2nd: Thiago Vasconcelos, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
3rd: Akinari Makishima, Solo Pizza Napoletana, Nagoya, Japan

2015 Gluten-Free Division Winners:

1st: Joyanne Heard, Chi Pie, Edmond, OK
2nd: Mike Eaton, Detroit Style Pizza Co., St. Clair Shores, MI
3rd: Giuseppe Lapolla, Pizzeria Primo Italian Restaurant, Kilkenny, Ireland

2015 Best of the Best Champion: Floriana Pastore

2015 Pizza Maker of the Year Champion: Tim Silva, Pizza My Heart, Los Gatos, CA

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