TORONTO — Giovanni Campisi of Sorriso restaurant in Niagara Falls is the winner of the Toronto Pizza Championship, held yesterday at the School of Italian Pizza. The competition pitted six chefs against each other to determine whose pizza was superior, requiring each of the competitors to make two thin-crust pizzas — a classic and a creative version — in 40 minutes.
Campisi will now represent Canada and the Toronto Branch at the International Pizza Championship to be held in Bucharest, Romania in March 2018.
Second place went to Maurizio Mascioli of Maurizio’s Pizzeria in Parry Sound, Ont., while third place went to Martin Kouprie, formerly of Pangaea Restaurant in Toronto. Each winner received a Neapolitan Pizza Course gift certificate sponsored by The School of Italian Pizza and an F Dick Red Spirit Series knife.
Rounding out the competitors were George Taluri, culinary instructor at Humber College; Luciano Schipano, owner of Schipano Fine Foods; and Erika Araujo, Culinary Arts graduate from Humber College.
The judging panel was headed by Tony Fernandes, WMC, Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel and included CCFCC Toronto president Shonah Chalmers CCC, Humber College; Francesco Zulian, Italiana FoodTech; Rosanna Caira, editor and publisher, Foodservice and Hospitality magazine; Warren Ford, George Brown College; and Cornelia Volino, Culinary Competition Committee. Guest judges included Stephen Wemyss, Gravitas, Inc. and Carmelo Vadacchino, F. Dick.
Sponsors of the competition included The Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) Toronto Branch with partners Italiana FoodTech, The School of Italian Pizza, SYSCO, Canada Produce, F Dick Knives and Gravitas, Inc.