We’re looking for 2020’s top professional chefs and pizzaiolos to craft winning pizza recipes using Real California Cheese. As a follow-up to our successful 2019 competition, the California Milk Advisory Board invites professional chefs and accredited culinary students to share their best pizza recipes in three categories. A live bake-off will determine the winning recipes for Best in each Category and the Grand Prize.
The target contest launch date is June 1st – dependent on guidance from health and public safety authorities.
A pizza recipe blending your interpretation of the culinary and flavor fusion of California and Mexican cuisines featuring Hispanic-style cheeses from California.
This fusion pizza recipe will celebrate the great flavors of both Mexico and California along with these delicious Real California Cheeses: Asadero, Cotija, Cotija Anejo (Queso Anejo), Enchilado, Enchilado Anejo, Manchego, Menonita, Oaxaca, Panela, Queso Blanco Fresco (Queso Para Frier), Queso Fresco, and/or Requeson.
A pizza recipe representing your interpretation of the REAL California pizza. This signature California pizza recipe will feature ingredients that showcase the best of the Golden State with a special focus on Real California Cheeses.
A pizza recipe emphasizing the delicious flavor combinations of plants (e.g., fruits, vegetables, nuts, and/or beans and other legumes) and Real California Cheeses.
This on-trend flexitarian pizza recipe will deliver flavorful produce-centric toppings layered to complement cheeses made from California milk, where meats or other non-cheese proteins are considered an optional garnish or condiment.
The 2019 Real California Pizza Contest was a huge success, and we’re planning on an even bigger contest for 2020. First, we’ve gone international – inviting the winner of the “Campeonato Mexicano de la Pizza” (Mexican Pizza Championship sponsored by the CMAB) to participate in our final bake-off. The categories have evolved to capture chefs’ creativity on the latest food trends – plant-forward ingredients and Cal-Mex flavors. And we’ve broadened our prize package so that every finalist is a winner and receives prize money. Due to circumstances beyond our control and in the best interests of the chefs, pizzaiolos and culinary professionals affected by the current COVID-19 situation, the California Milk Advisory Board is putting the 2020 Real California Pizza Contest on hiatus. See Contest tab for details.