Pizza Pizzazz Competition

The Mid-America Restaurant Expo is home to the Pizza Pizzazz Competition, a legendary contest that crowns "The Best Pizza in the Midwest." 

Using a rigorously scrutinized blind-judging format, this contest sees 45 contestants battle with their best pizza in our competition arena by baking first-round pizzas. Six finalists are chosen and then asked to prepare two pies for an ultimate judging that decides first, second and third place finishers.

In earning the title, “Best of the Midwest,” past Pizzazz winners claim sales increased as much as 30 percent in the months following their victories.Pizzazz2019

2019 "Best of the Midwest" Winners 

  1. Kyle Rosch, Brenz Pizza Co. (Chapel HIll, NC)
  2. Tore Trupiano, Dominic's Italian Restaurant (Oceanside, CA)
  3. Micael La Marca, Master Pizza (Mayfield Village, OH)


Expo Burger Battle

Burger Battle 2019

Bring your Best Burger to the  #MAREXPO Burger Battle on Jan. 14. Be one of  24 contestants vying for Best Burger in the Midwest honors and the chance to win $1,000! The contest is simple: Make three servings of your All-American sandwich, using fresh and delicious meat supplied by the Ohio Beef Council. Make it classic or creative, old school or modern. Above all, be sure to impress our judges! 

Chef Jomar Rios from Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, Illinois was the 2019 winner.  


“We had a great time over the weekend at the Mid-America Restaurant Expo! Thank you to everyone who came out to visit us in our booth, participated in the Pizza Pizzaz challenge, or otherwise interacted with us at the show - we appreciate it!” - Peerless Ovens 
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