Friday, June 5, 2009

Pizza Challenge Recipe Contest

What’s as much fun as inventing your own pizza? Entering the original recipe in this crazy contest and winning a pizza party and lots more! We created this contest to celebrate the launch of Tony and the Pizza Champions (Chronicle Books 2009) by World Pizza Champ Tony Gemignani.


World Pizza Champions and Lindsay Olives team up for Olive Pizza Recipe Challenge

Through June 12 olive pizza lovers nationwide can submit their best, original pizza pie recipe in this delicious contest to win exciting prizes. Inventive pizza makers, ages 10 and older, can enter their yummy, olive laden pie and a photo at for a chance to win a $250 pizza party and more.

This easy-to-enter contest celebrates the launch of Tony and the Pizza Champions based on the true story of pizza acrobat Tony Gemignani and his world-champion pizza tossing team. This colorfully illustrated, entertaining tale offers an inside glimpse into the art – and sport – of making pizza and winning competitions. With the Olive Pizza Recipe Challenge, olive pizza aficionados can enjoy a similar adventure. All entrees must use Lindsay Olives. Tony will serve as the contest judge and use the following criteria to select the winning pizzas:

Taste: is it truly yummy?

Originality: is it something he’s never seen before? A fresh twist on the traditional?

Visual appeal: is it mouth-watering? Can he hardly wait to take a bite?

How well Lindsay Olives are used in the recipe:
colorful, playful, stuffed or sliced!

One Grand Prize winner - the creator of the top olive pizza recipe, selected by Tony - will receive:

$250 pizza party at a favorite pizzeria

12 cases of Lindsay Olives

Video of Tony making the Grand Prize winner’s pizza

One copy of Tony and the Pizza Champions autographed by all the World Pizza Champions

Their recipe on the menu at Tony’s restaurant, Pyzano’s, in Castro Valley, CA

Their recipe posted on Lindsay Olives’ website

Eleven runners-up will win an autographed copy of ‘Tony and the Pizza Champions,’ and these winning recipes will also be posted on the Lindsay Olives website.

According to Tony, olives are a "must-have topping" when it comes to making pizza. With so many different varieties and flavors they can complement any style, making a pizza perfect. “Since 1991 when my brother Frank and I opened Pyzano's in Northern California, we've used Lindsay Olives,” he says. “We can always count on them to taste great.”

Please visit to watch Tony’s dough-tossing acrobatics, for contest details, rules and hints, and for tips for making great olive pizzas.

About The World Pizza Champions:

The World Pizza Champions has earned the highest awards in several different categories in the pizza industry. They are considered by many pizza operators worldwide as professionals and pioneers.

Team members have appeared on the Today Show, Master of Champions, Emeril Live, Tony Danza Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, , Early Show, CNN, The Ellen Show, ESPN, the Food Network, Good Morning America, BBC Radio, and numerous industry magazine covers. They have come together to form an affiliation to promote their restaurants and their skills. Individually each of them has performed on shows nationwide, but now they tour the world as a team. The World Pizza Champions™ perform and/or compete at numerous festivals, fairs, sporting events, and food shows all year long.

About Lindsay Olives

Lindsay Olives provides a full line of olives, ranging from the delicious, savory California black ripe olives to more exotic imported varieties, like stuffed Spanish Queens and Greek Kalamatas. For wonderful recipes and serving suggestions please visit

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