RC SHOW: April 8-10, 2024

Enercare Centre, Toronto

Restaurants Canada Pizza Competition

Are you Canada's next pizza maker?

Restaurants Canada, Ardent Mills, and Lactalis Canada Foodservice are Leveling Up and are on the search for Canada’s top emerging pizza maker with two competitions this year! Applicants may apply for 1 of the 2 competitions: Traditional Pizza Competition (April 8) or the Fantasy Style Pizza Competition (April 9).

Compete for over $10,000 in cash and prizes, making your best pizza for an esteemed panel of judges, live at RC Show 2024.

Application Deadline: February 19, 2024 at 11:59pm EST


2024 Competition Details

Mon, April 8 (10AM-5PM) - Traditional Pizza Competition
Tues, April 9 (10AM-5PM) - Creative Style Pizza Competition

At the Pizza STAGE - FAEMA BOOTH #2127

  • Round 1 - RC Pizza Competition entrants will submit their application by February 19th, 2024
  • Round 2 - Our judging panel will select 24 finalists to compete based on their applications. Finalists will be notified by email of their allotted competition time.
  • Round 3 - Finalists will travel to the RC Show to partake in the live competition on Monday, April 8 and/or Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Winners will be chosen and announced live at the end of each day of competition.

Competition Prizes

  • 1st Place - $3,000 cash prize, two (2) 3-Day Buyer Passes and (1) guaranteed entrance for the International Pizza Challenge at Pizza Expo 2025*. As well as a SUNMIX SUN 6 - 6kg Countertop Dough mixer (value $3,500)
    *Note: Prize does not include flight/travel to or accommodations for Pizza Expo in Las Vegas
  • 2nd Place - $1,500
  • 3rd Place - $500
  • 4th Place - Commercial Grade & G.I Metal Pizza Tool Kit (value $350)
  • Plus top-tier culinary gear from our pizza show sponsors and a feature in MENU Magazine post-show

View competition rules and regulations


  • Be registered to attend the Restaurant Canada Show 2024
  • Have a minimum of 3-4 years of experience working in a professional kitchen.
  • Be living and working in Canada.
  • Be 19 years of age or older.
  • Complete application in full, by deadline, to be considered valid.
  • Be available to travel at their own expense to Toronto to compete in the live competition, should they be selected, which will take place on April 8 OR 9, 2024
  • Be willing to bring any ingredients necessary to complete your unique pizza entry, including meat, dairy, and seafood products.

Applications will include: 

  • Contact information
  • Resume
  • 1 Reference - contact name, email and phone number
  • Hi-res headshot
  • 50-100 word explanation of why this competition would be meaningful to their career
  • 1–3-minute video of applicant explaining why they are passionate about pizza making or why they chose this career, recorded on phone.
  • Picture and or description of your pizza.

Applications will be submitted based on meeting the above criteria and on a first come, first serve basis.

Application submissions will be reviewed and judged by a panel of culinary experts from the top worldwide pizza competitions. Restaurants Canada will not be involved in any of the judging.

Application Deadline: February 19, 2024 at 11:59pm EST


Competition Criteria

Traditional Pizza Criteria

  • Dough must be provided by competitors for 2 traditional 12”-18” round pizzas. Sauce must be a traditional red tomato sauce.
  • Limit of two toppings from the provided list: Pepperoni, Sausage, Bacon, Ham, Mushrooms, Salami, Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, and Olives.
  • Any number of varieties of each category may be used - for example, competitors may use different types of mushrooms which counts as one topping. However, contestants are encouraged to keep it simple and traditional.
  • No toppings whatsoever, including cheeses, herbs and spices may be added to the pizzas during/after baking.
  • A drizzle of EVOO after baking is permitted.
  • All competitors have 20 minutes total, including clean up.

Fantasy Pizza Criteria

  • Pizza must consist of a dough base, with any number or type of sauce and toppings.
  • There are no restrictions and/or limits on dough, sauce, toppings, baking or styles. Level up and let your imagination run free!
  • Your recipe must be entirely original and created by you.
  • All competitors have 20 minutes total, including clean up.


Hosted by Michael P. Lamarca, Owner & CEO of Master Pizza