CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- The World Pizza Champions pizza team is planning to vie for a gold medal in the Artistic Bread Sculpture competition as part of the World Pizza Championship in Salsomaggiore, Italy.
Tony Gemignani, founder and president of the World Pizza Champions, has assembled a special team to compete in the category, including bread expert and University of Ohio executive chef Matt Rapposelli, mold and clay expert Petra Kralickova and World Champion pizza makers Bruno Di Fabio, John Gutekanst and William Manzo.
The team will work for three days at the Agugiaro/5 Stagioni Flour Mill in Venice to build a 6-foot-tall Statue of Liberty entirely out of bread. The statue will then be transported to Salsomaggiore, where it will be completed and assembled for judging on April 6.   The World Pizza Champions Team has won more medals than any other team in history. This year, the team will keep a blog which will have day-to-day photos and results of the World Pizza Championships.  This year's team consists of:
  • Tony Gemignani - California
  • Sean Brauser - Ohio
  • Joe Carlucci - Alabama
  • Michael Shepherd - Ohio
  • Justin Wadstein - California
  • Bruno DiFabio - New York
  • William Manzo - Rhode Island
  • John Gutekanst - Ohio
  • Jamie Culliton - Arizona
  • Leo Spizzirri - Illinois
  • Jackie Regester - Ohio
  • Kid McGuire - Maine
  • Matt Rapposelli - Ohio
  • Petra Kralickova - Ohio
  • Diana Coutu - Canada

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