Save the Date: April 8-10, 2024

Enercare Centre, Toronto

Restaurants Canada Pizza Competition

Are you Canada's next pizza tastemaker?

Restaurants Canada, Ardent Mills, Lactalis Canada Foodservice and Hormel Rosa Grande is on the search for Canada’s top emerging pizza talent! Finalists will stretch their skills for an esteemed panel of judges at the Pizza Stage to compete for over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

The competition’s diversity and inclusion mandate holds space for competitors to showcase women and BIPOC culinary talent.

Thank you for your interest. Applications are now closed.

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2023 Competition Details

Tuesday, April 11, 10am-5pm - Pizza Stage at Faema Booth #2137

  • Round 1 - RC Pizza Competition entrants will submit their application by February 28, 2023
  • Round 2 - Our judging panel will select 24 finalists to compete based on their applications and be notified by email with their allotted competition time.
  • Round 3 - Finalists will travel to the RC Show to partake in the live competition on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. Winners will be chosen and announced at the competition on the Culinary Stage.

Competition Prizes

  • 1st Place - $5,000 cash prize, two (2) 3-Day Buyer Passes and (1) guaranteed entrance for the International Pizza Challenge at Pizza Expo 2024, and 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 - $3,000
  • 3rd Place - $2,000
  • 4th Place - Commercial Grade & G.I Metal Pizza Tool Kit (value $750)
  • Plus top-tier culinary gear from our pizza show sponsors
  • Winners will be featured in MENU Magazine post-show

Applicant Criteria

  • Be registered to attend the Restaurant Canada Show 2023
  • 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 11, 2023.
  • Be willing to bring any ingredients necessary to complete your unique pizza entry, including meat, dairy, and seafood products.
  • Not be a decorated, recognized, multiple culinary competition winner or TV personality chef.
  • Not be a previous winner or judge of the International Pizza Challenge at Pizza Expo in Las Vegas Pizza Competition.

Applications will include contact information, resume, references, headshots, and photos of you working in the kitchen, 50-100 word written application and a 1–3-minute video or picture of your pizza. Also include your assistant’s name and contact information to assist us in your registration at the RC Show 2023.

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.

Thank you for your interest. Applications are now closed.



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

Massimo Capra

Restaurant Owner & Consultant, Food Network Judge

Scott Wiener

President, Scott's Pizza Tours

Rocco Agostino

Executive Chef & Partner, Pizzeria Libretto

Alida Solomon

Chef/Owner, Tutti Matti