Celiac.com 11/08/2013 - For spectators and competitors alike, the American Pizza Championship is an exciting event displaying some of America’s premier pizzaioli, or pizza makers. In the interest of full disclosure, I served as one of the five judges for this event.

Photo: Jefferson AdamsAmong the pizzaioli to compete in the American Pizza Championship at the International Baking Industry Expo in Las Vegas, was Heather Zook, of Ohio.

Baking in her first-ever pizza competition, Zook surprised herself by emerging victorious, as the first-place winner in the gluten-free pizza category.

Zook took first place with her three meat pizza with a crust made from a white rice-millet flour blend. Her victory earned Zook a slot on the U.S. Pizza Team, and an all-expense-paid trip to Parma, Italy to compete in the World Pizza Championships as a member of that team in the spring of 2014.

Second place in the gluten-free pizza category went to Mike Anheiser of Pizza Dock in Fredericktown, Ohio.

Jason Samosky of Samosky's Homestyle Pizzaria in Valley City, Ohio took home the third place honors in the gluten-free pizza category.

Anyone noticing a theme here? For great gluten-free pizza, Ohio looks like a good place to be.

First Place Winner -- Gluten-free Pizza
Heather Zook
Sinfully Gluten-Free
9146 Dayton-Lebanon Pike
Centerville, OH
http://www.sinfullygf.com/

Second Place Winner -- Gluten-free Pizza
Mike Anheiser
Pizza Dock
Fredericktown, Ohio

Third Place Winner -- Gluten-free Pizza
Jason Samosky
Samosky's Homestyle Pizzeria
Valley City Ohio

For a complete account of competition results, video of the competition can be found online in the October 2013 issue of PMQ Pizza Magazine.

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