Competitions & Events

Pizza & Pasta Northeast will be abuzz with competitions to crown the best pizza and pasta chefs in the region. They'll be preparing their entries where all can see in the contest areas on the exhibit hall floor, adding to the excitement of the trade show. Special events are planned in the morning on both show days before the exhibits open at 11 a.m. Making appearances at 10 a.m. will be, among others, Maria Pappalardo, co-founder of Rubirosa in New York City, and the Pizza Masters of Cooking Channel fame, Sal Basille and Francis Garcia. Also planned: a New Faces in the Pizza Pantheon roundtable discussion moderated by Scott Wiener, followed by a reception and networking session to take place after the exhibit hall closes on Tuesday afternoon.

The Caputo Cup

Discover the Best Neapolitan & US Style Pizzas at the Caputo Cup Pizza Competition

This annual pizza-making competition sponsored by Antimo Caputo Flour is being expanded in 2017 to four divisions: Traditional, Non-Traditional, Pizza Napoletana/STG and Gluten-Free. The 2017 competition at Pizza & Pasta Northeast will feature more more competitors for the fourth annual Caputo Cup USA. Antimo Caputo is known for its double zero flour and other products for pizza restaurants.

Pizza makers from throughout the U.S. will bake off in front of a panel of judges on both days of Pizza & Pasta Northeast — and event attendees will be invited to sit in and see how some of the best in the business prepare their pies. Winners of Traditional, Non-Traditional and Gluten-Free win $2,000 and a trophy; the Pizza Napoletana champion receives $3,000 and a trophy.

Competitors bring their own dough and ingredients and then assemble their pizzas in view of the audience. Registered attendees can observe their techniques and hear the contestants explain how they make and bake what the judges taste.

View the Pizza Pasta NE Caputo Cup Rules and Regulations

2016 USA Caputo Cup Champions

Neapolitan Style Competition Winners

1st Place:  Jesus Solis – Forcella, Brooklyn, NY

2nd Place: Gimmy Piperku – Forno Rosso, Chicago, IL

3rd Place:  Henry Paciullo – Forno Rosso, Chicago, IL

NY Style Competition Winners

1st Place:   Norma Knepp – Norma’s Pizza, Manheim, PA

2nd Place:  Ali Haider – 786 Degrees, Sun Valley, CA

3rd Place:  Giancarlo Schiano – Taste of Italy, Woodstock, GA


Northeast Pasta Showdown

Top Chefs in the Industry Compete in the Barilla Northeast Pasta Showdown

We’ll be crowning the chefs with the best pasta dishes in the region during our two-day Northeast Pasta Showdown, sponsored by Barilla.

On Tuesday, the competition area in the Exhibit Hall will feature contestants preparing their best recipes and presenting them to the judges. A prestigious panel of professional chefs with proficiency in Italian cuisine will judge the entries and name place winners. Participants will have 40 minutes for the preparation of their dishes, and dishes will be judged on their trueness to the Italian basic tenets of technique, presentation, flavor balance and taste.

On Wednesday, each participating chef will be asked to prepare a pasta dish from a table of common ingredients, with one primary ingredient included that must be in all entries that go before the judges. This face-to-face showdown will test a competitor’s ability to stand out from the crowd on a level playing field.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday afternoon. The first-place winner receives $5,000 and a trophy; second- and third-place prizes are $500 and $250, respectively.


Read about the Special Events at Pizza & Pasta Northeast.