After pausing our schedule over health and safety concern cautions raised by the COVID 19 situation, the California Milk Advisory Board is pleased to re-launch the Real California Pizza Contest – effective immediately. The contest is now more important than ever! During this uncertain time, pizza has been a bright spot for consumers, frontline workers and the foodservice industry. Help us show the world how creative pizza can be while celebrating the pizza industry and the innovative chefs behind the scenes.
We’re looking for 2020’s top professional chefs, pizzaiolos and accredited culinary students to create and share their best pizza recipes in three categories. And we have new dates for the live bake-off that will determine the winning recipes for Best in each category and the Grand Prize award.
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. We recognize the financial strain the COVID 19 situation has put on the foodservice industry. Operators are struggling and working hard to support their staff while keeping operations running. We had already broadened our prize package this year – so that every finalist is a winner and receives prize money. We are certain that our finalists will put these awards to good use. See contest tab for details.