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    Gluten-free American Pizza Championship Winners - 2013

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    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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    Great article, but bad news... I called Samosky's today (2/22/2014) to find out if they are serving gluten-free pizzas yet and I was told that they have no plans to serve gluten-free at this time. I was told they would have to have a separate kitchen and they don't intend to add a gluten-free kitchen at this time.

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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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