2019 Real Pizza Contest Winners

2019 Real California Pizza Contest

2019 Winners

Thomas Garnick of Brava! Pizzeria in Denver, CO, (second from left) receives the grand prize at the inaugural Real California Pizza Contest on May 8, 2019. Tony Louters, vice chairman of the California Milk Advisory Board (at left), hands Thomas the grand prize of $10,000, to go with his $5,000 award for winning the Mexican-style cheese category. The other category winners are: Giovanni Labbate (second from right) of Bricks Wood Fired Pizza Cafe in Schaumburg, IL. for the All-Cheese category, and John Alers (far right) of Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza in Henderson, NV, for the REAL California category. 

2019 Contest Ended May 9, 2019


Stay tuned to this site for news about the 2020 contest 
Scheduled for June 17 &18, 2020

3 categories • 3 Chances to win

"Mexican-Style" contest category


Mexican-Style Pizza

Pizza featuring Hispanic-style cheeses from California

"All Cheese Pizza" contest category


All Cheese

Pizza made with three or more REAL California Cheeses

"Real California Pizza" contest category


The Real California

Innovated pizza showcasing the best of California cheese, flavors and toppings

For a list of the more than 250 varieties and styles of Real California Cheeses and the approved brands that produce them, as well as clarification on which Hispanic-style cheeses from California qualify for the Hispanic pizza category, please refer to the CA Cheesemaker list.

We recognize some of these cheeses may not be available in your location.  You are encouraged to enter the contest anyway, substituting the cheese you use in your development process for the cheese from this approved list in your official recipe entry. The California MilkAdvisory Board will supply the specified approved cheeses from finalists’ recipes at the bake-off.

Sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board — from the nation’s #1 dairy state!

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