Chefs Vie for More Than $29,000 in Search for Best Pizza Recipes with California Cheese

Real California Pizza Contest Returns with Expanded Prizing, International Contestants

Tracy, Calif. – March X, 2020 – The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) today announced the launch of the 2020 Real California Pizza Contest, its second annual search for the best pizza recipes using Real California Cheese. The contest, which will award prizes totaling $29,500 for the most innovative uses of cow’s milk cheeses from California, is open to professional chefs and culinary students throughout the U.S. 

From March 1 through April 24, participants can enter recipes in three categories: Cal-Mex, The Real Californian and Plant-Forward. Cal-Mex means recipes fusing flavors from California and Mexican cuisines, featuring Hispanic-style cheeses. The Real Californian will incorporate ideas inspired by the Golden State that showcase California cheese and toppings. Plant-Forward pizza recipes will emphasize the delicious flavor combinations of fruits, veggies and Real California Cheese.

“We appreciate the innovative thinking culinary professionals bring to their craft,” said Mike Gallagher, Business and Market Development Consultant for the CMAB. “Categories this year have evolved to capture chefs’ creativity surrounding the latest food trends – plant-forward ingredients and Cal-Mex flavors. We are also excited to broaden our geographic reach, inviting the champion of the most recent CMAB-sponsored Campeonato Mexicano de la Pizza to compete in the final round.”

Chefs wishing to submit a recipe can review the requirements and complete the entry at http://realcaliforniamilk.com/foodservice. In addition to the recipe, contestants are asked to submit a short essay or video describing their personal and professional inspiration to create each pizzas entry. Entry submissions close on April 24, 2020.

Twelve finalists will be selected by a professional panel of judges to compete in a bake-off on June 18, 2020 at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa, Calif. All finalists will win a cash prize. Finalists who are not category winners will receive $500 each. The winners in each category will be awarded $5,000, and the best overall pizza recipe creator will receive an additional $10,000 grand prize award.

Interested chefs and culinary students can choose from more than 250 varieties and styles of cheeses that carry The Real Californian Milk seal, which means they are made with milk from California’s more than 1,200 family dairy farms. For a list of qualifying cheeses and cheesemakers, contest rules and to enter online, visit http://realcaliforniamilk.com/foodservice.

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About Real California Milk/the California Milk Advisory Board
The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s dairy families and is one of the largest agricultural marketing boards in the United States. With a mission to increase demand for products made with Real California Milk, the CMAB has been promoting California’s sustainable dairy products in the state, across the U.S. and around the world through advertising, public relations, research, and retail and foodservice promotional programs for more than 50 years. 

The Foodservice Division of the CMAB supports foodservice operators and distributors that use Real California dairy products. The CMAB offers marketing and promotional support for foodservice operators that purchase dairy products with The Real Californian Milk seal, which means they are made with 100 percent milk from California’s 1,200 family dairy farms.

For more information on sourcing cheese from California, please contact the foodservice team at 209.883.6455 (MILK), businessdevelopment@cmab.net or visit RealCaliforniaMilk.com/Foodservice. 

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