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ARE YOU THE BEST PIZZA MAKER IN AUSTRALIA?

The DAIRYMONT AUSTALIAN PIZZA CHAMPIONSHIPS is on again for 2017!

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28 - 29 May 2017 | Royal Exhibition Building - Melbourne

as part of FOOD SERVICE AUSTRALIA EXPO 2017  
 

Entries are now open for Australia's best pizza makers with representatives of take-away outlets, hotels or suburban hot spots invited to join in and toss up a masterpiece!  Whether it's an exotic twist on an old favourite, or a completely original creation, Competitors will be judged by an Internationally recognised panel of chefs on their originality, balance, creativity and excitement factor. 

The Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships was founded with the aim to encourage culinary innovation within the Pizza market.  The competition is now firmly entrenched across Australia giving Pizza Makers a truly International competition!

The Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships wants to provide you the competitor, every chance to excel and produce the best possible product on the day. We have no interest in trying to trick or deceive any competitor, we just want the best pizza to win.  It is our obligation to have an area ready for you to compete in, it is your responsibility to show your best effort. All you need to do is submit your best pizza!

Winning the Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships will do amazing things for your eatery.  Imagine be able to market your restaurant as serving 'Australia's Best Award Winning Pizza'! 

Here is what Simon Best (2016 Overall Winner) has to say about the Competition...

 

"Glenn Austin - founder of the Global Pizza Challenge and now the Australian Pizza Championships has asked me to be the Head Judge for the event. I respectfully declined for the following reason.

Winning this event several times has seen a minimum of 28% increase in sales. I prefer to compete than judge.  I encourage you all take the opportunity to enter this event in the hope of winning and experience the increase in sales for your business."

 

-Simon Best - 2016 Overall Winner & National Champion

 

2017 CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

PIZZA

  • Meat/ Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Best Interpretation of Meat, Cheese & Pineapple
  • Vegetarian or Gluten Free
  • Dessert

 

PIZZA: The choice of pizza ingredients is strictly up to the discretion of the competitors, with the exception of sponsored products which must be used  (a list of sponsored products is available on the website). There is no requirement that the competitor’s choice of pizza should be listed on any existing menu but part of the judging criteria is that it must be commercially viable.  Competitors may choose to enter one or all of the above categories. Prizes will be awarded per category.  Please note, to be considered a the winner of the Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships, you must enter at least two (2) categories. Entry fees are calculated on a per category basis and are due at the time of registration.  All travel, accommodation, personal injury inclusive of health insurance, meals etc. are at the competitors own expense. The Organisers of the Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships only provide the platform on which to compete, wooden boards for serving and sponsored product. Should you require specific serving platters please ensure that you bring these with you.  Download a copy of the Competitors Guide below:

 

COMPETITORS GUIDE

SPONSORS PRODUCT LIST

PIZZA

The COMPETITION! 

Competitors should come prepared to face the challenge before them. The following information has been provided to give you an indication of what the judges will be looking for on the day:

SPONSORS - Sponsors are an integral part of the event and the products they represent need to be used where possible. You will score the maximum amount of points by showing the best possible use of the sponsor’s products.  Above all be inventive and original. If you use a non-sponsored product that is available from the sponsor, you stand a chance of being disqualified. We have listed some points below that if followed, will help you achieve your desired outcome. 

TRUTH OF PRODUCT  - If you name a style, technique, flavour, product or garnish, make sure that it appears on your final product.  If you name a dish as a braised mushroom and Parmesan, they must be the dominant products on the dish.  Correct preparation and presentation is required. 

CHEESE  - Use the right cheese and the correct amount to complement your dish, not too much or too little.  Incorrect use of cheese will harm your final score. For example, the incorrect use of mozzarella can render a dish oily. A point of difference with effective technique is good.  For example, a four cheese pizza: cream cheese in the pastry, mozzarella on the base, cheese oil in a dressing and a parmesan cracker as a garnish. 

DOUGH - If you say ‘thin and crispy’ makesure it is. If you incorporate a grain or different flavour, try it before hand. 

SAUCE BASE - Has the sauce been prepared classically, did you peel and seed your tomatoes? Was it passed through a sieve to remove any impurities (skin, seedspith etc)? Does the sauce have a good sheen? Does it leach water on the edges? Have you adjusted the seasoning? Is it too tart? Do you need to remove some acid? 

GARNISH Is the garnish appropriate for the dish, or is it an unnecessary after thought, and is the garnish edible? 

PORTIONING - Has your product been portioned correctly? Are they good clean cuts and is the product able to be picked upand eaten? Has your topping been distributed evenly to ensure every piece has the right effect on the consumer? Is it the correct ingredient forthe dish? 

TOPPING - Has the topping been sliced evenly and correctly, does it require marinating, Have you used and identifiedsponsors product? 

HYGIENE - Keep your work area clean and hygienic. Food that has fallen onto the floor must be disposed of into the bin. If the product is to be chilled keep it under 4oC degrees, if it is hot then over 74oC.  Personal hygiene is equally important: your uniform should be clean and free from stains, hairnets should be used if required and excess jewellery should be removed. Nails and hands are of the utmost importance as they are constantly in contact with food. If you use the rest room wash your hands if you touch any part of your body wash your hands!

  

Its COMPETITION day! 

What should you expect?

Our Judges are Qualified Judges... They know their stuff! 

The Dairymont Australian Pizza Championship organisers do not select finalists; they are independently selected by suitably qualified industry personal. You will probably never produce a dish that has not been replicated somewhere in the world. Therefore secrecy, to the point of ridiculous, is not necessary. In the spirit of good sportsman ship, if needed, assist your fellow competitors if they are in need of help. It may be you one day! 

You should plan to arrive one hour before your heat, this allows you adequate time to register and familiarise yourself with your surroundings. We understand that a competition before the public can be daunting. This time also allows you to attend the pre-competition briefing. 

  1. Competitors must bring their own pre-made dough, sauce, and toppings for 4 X 30cm pizzas.  

  2. Transport all products in plastic containers.  Glass containerswill not be allowed in the competition area.   

  3. Bring all products in an insulated cooler to maintain cold chain. Products not suitably chilled will result in disqualification. On site refrigeration will be provided.   

  4. Pizza must be prepared and cooked in the competition area.

  5. All contestants will be assigned numbers and a drawing will determine order. 

  6. Competitors will be given a total of 20 minutes to prepare, cook and present their pizza to the judges. If you run over time you will be penalised accordingly.  

  7. Contestants will remove finished pizza from the oven and place it on a wooden peel with nothing else. The pizza will then be escorted to the judging area by a runner who will describe their creation.  The runner will then cut the pizza and allow each judge to choose a slice (piece).  If specialist serving-ware is required please discuss this prior with the events team.

  8. The judges will grade the pizza onto a score sheet. Score sheets will then be collected and the table cleared. The judges’ decision isfinal. Please note that no feedback will be provided on the day ofthe competition. 

  9. Advice or direction (coaxing) either in the make-ready preparation area or in the immediate vicinityof the competition stage isnot allowed. 

  10. The competitor is the only one allowed in the preparation area and on the competition stage.

  11. The Judges’ decision is final in all matters during the competition.  

  12. In all other matters relating to the Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships, on the day of the competition, the Competition Coordinator’s decision is final. 

  13. All recipes and event photography of contestants, and pizzas become the property of the Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships and may be used in future promotions and advertising.

  14. The winners of the Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships will be announced on the 4th of June  

Please ensure you read the full TERMS & CONDITIONS before applying 

 

WHATS IN IT FOR YOU?

PIZZA CHALLENGE

This is an opportunity to showcase your talent and originality!  Be the one to represent Australia on the International stage!  All finalists competing in The Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships will receive an Official Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships Finalist 2017 certificate to display in their establishment.  Selected Category winners will be presented with a certificate and a prize.

The overall winner (Pizza) of The Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships will be crowned the 2017 Champion of The Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships, and will be awarded a trophy, and the Grand Prize.

The Grand Prize is return flights for two to Fiji (ex Melbourne/ Brisbane/ Sydney) staying for 5 nights at Outrigger Resort Fiji!  TERMS:Available dates of travel are: 23 April 2017 - 23 June 2017, 29 October 2017- 25 December 2017, 16January 2018 -31 March 2018.  Dates are subject to availability.

 

Winning the Dairymont Australian Pizza Championships will do amazing things for your eatery.  Imagine be able to market your restaurant as serving 'Australia's Best Award Winning Pizza'! 

Here is what Simon Best (2016 Overall Winner) has to say about the Competition...

"Glenn Austin - founder of the Global Pizza Challenge and now the Australian Pizza Championships has asked me to be the Head Judge for the event. I respectfully declined for the following reason.

Winning this event several times has seen a minimum of 28% increase in sales. I prefer to compete than judge.  I encourage you all take the opportunity to enter this event in the hope of winning and experience the increase in sales for your business."

 

-Simon Best - 2016 Overall Winner & National Champion