Winners Announced at PMQ’s 6th Annual Orlando Pizza Show
Posted: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 06:38 AM
Annual Orlando Pizza Show (OrlandoPizzaShow.com
), held September 8 to
10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and
co-located with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show—the largest food
show in the Southeast—proved to be a great success.
In addition to a bevy of pizza-centric vendors providing attendees with
information on what’s new in the industry and the opportunity to learn
from seasoned restaurateurs, three competitions took place, which gave
contestants the opportunity to earn a place on the United States Pizza
Team. The first place winner in each category automatically earned a
spot on the team, and the winners of the American Pizza Championship and
the Freestyle Acrobatics contests will join the team when it travels
internationally in 2012.
Winners for the Gluten-Free Pizza Competition include 1st Place, Mike
Amheiser from Pizza Dock in Fredricktown, Ohio; 2nd Place, Patrick Maggi
from Pasquale's Deli and Pizzeria in Demascus, Maryland; and 3rd Place,
Jason Samosky from Samosky's Pizza in Valley City, Ohio. Judges for the
contest included Betsy Craig, CEO of MenuTrinfo; Gary Jones, culinary
dietary specialist for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts; Vanessa Maltin
Weisbrod, executive editor at Delight Gluten-Free Magazine; and Carol
Kicinski, a recipe developer at Simply…Gluten-Free.
Winners for the American Pizza Championship, Fall 2011 include 1st
Place, Jamie Culliton from Grimaldi's Pizzeria in Palm Beach Gardens,
Florida; 2nd Place, Jeff Smokevitch from Brown Dog Pizza in Telluride,
Colorado; and 3rd Place, Shawn Randazzo from Cloverleaf Pizza in St.
Clair Shores, Michigan. Judges for the contest included Scott VanDuzer,
owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta; Antonio Swad, founder of Pizza
Patron; Jon Porter, owner and operator of Chicago Pizza Tours; and Paul
Russo, founder and CEO of NYPD Pizzeria.
Winners for the U.S. Pizza Team Trials include Fastest Box Folding: 1st
Place, Jamie Culliton from Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Fastest Pizza Maker: 1st Place, Ryan Kubil from Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; 2nd Place, Dave Sommers from Mad Mushroom
in West Lafayette, Indiana; 3rd Place, Jamie Culliton. Largest Dough
Stretch: 1st Place, Wilhelm Rodriguez from Papa’s Pizza in San Juan,
Puerto Rico; 2nd Place, Bradley Johnson from Mellow Mushroom in
Tennessee; 3rd Place, Ryan Kubil. Freestyle Acrobatics: 1st Place, Jamie
Culliton; 2nd Place, Bradley Johnson; 3rd Place, Giorgio Giove from
Brothers Pizza in Staten Island, New York. Judges for the contest
included Matt McClellan, owner of Tour de Pizza; Jason Samosky, owner of
Samosky’s Pizza; and Sam Niemeier, an experienced dough spinner from
the U.S. Pizza Team youth division.