The World Pizza Championship is an event held annually to determine the world's best pizza makers. It began in 1991 and is organised by the magazine Pizza e Pasta Italiana.
Pizzas are judged by preparation, taste, bake and presentation. Pizza competitions include those for fastest pizza maker, freestyle acrobatics and the largest dough stretch.
It is the largest pizza show in the world with over 6,500 independent chain and franchise owners from all around the world attending. The winners are inducted into the Pizza Hall of Fame and are sometimes invited back to judge the next World Pizza Championship.
There are different categories including Best Vegetarian Pizza, Best Meat pizza, and more. At the end of the competition, the best pizza overall is selected. The winner not only receives great incentives but also receives free marketing for themselves or for their business. The business or business owner will receive a plaque to be hung and bragging rights that they won the biggest pizza competition in the world. One of the biggest names is Tony Gemignani who has won the championship many times.